Flash Flooding Hits Tulsa Area


Monday, June 14th 2010, 1:21 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, OK -- Thunderstorms that dumped heavy rain in central Oklahoma moved into northeastern Oklahoma Monday afternoon. 

6/14/2010 Related story: Heavy Rains Bring Flooding To The Oklahoma City Area

Several streets were closed for several hours in Sapulpa and Tulsa because of flash flooding in both communities. 

In Sapulpa, police say Hickory, near the railroad tracks, was closed because of water across the road. Also the area around Davis Park in Sapulpa experienced flash flooding problems. 

In Tulsa, a number of streets experienced flash flooding problems; the list included 46th and Sheridan, 76th and Riverside Drive, 81st and Elwood and the 1300 block of North Louisville. 

Police say they have received several reports of stranded vehicles because of high water. Tulsa Fire was dispatched but so far there were no rescues. 

There has been no reports of any injuries.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health urges Oklahomans to use caution when dealing with flood waters. Flood waters may contain snakes and insects; sharp objects and debris; and oil, gasoline, industrial waste or raw sewage.

To avoid illness and injury from floodwaters, the Oklahoma State Department of Health suggests the following:

  • Keep children and pets from playing in flood water.
  • Clean all items touched by floodwaters, including children's toys. Use one cup of household bleach in five gallons of water.
  • Throw away items that cannot be washed such as mattresses, stuffed animals, baby toys, and wood cutting boards, as well as food that may have come into contact with flood waters.
  • Wash hands often with soap and clean water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
  • See immediate attention if you become injured or ill.

To protect your family and yourself, avoid floodwaters if possible.

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