Drivers Rescued From Cars Stalled In High Water

Thursday, April 10th 2008, 5:13 pm
By: News On 6

Heavy rain hit hard on Green Country's already saturated ground.  It didn't take long for it to start flooding.  Several people had to be rescued after ignoring warnings about driving into high water.  The News On 6's Jeffrey Smith reports Broken Arrow got more than five inches of rain.

At its worst point, close to 20 streets and intersections were closed off due to the flooding.  For hours on end, residents couldn't tell where the front yard ended and the roadway began.  All homeowners could do was stand and watch.

Dozens of schools across the area played it safe and closed their doors.

Between Broken Arrow and Tulsa, rescue crews had to save people from four cars.

The roads looked like rivers. And, the stranded cars looked like rocks.

No one was injured in any of the rescues.  Even after the rain stopped, the waters continued to rise.  And, some drivers continued to risk it.

Broken Arrow officials say they usually get two major flood events a year. They've already had two this week.

Broken Arrow police say it takes less than six inches of water to stall a car.  With more rain in the forecast, people need to be extra careful when driving round low-lying roads.

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