New Round Of Storms Brings Fresh Flooding To Plains

Tuesday, July 10th 2007, 8:57 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Strong thunderstorms in Oklahoma brought more flooding to an soaked state Tuesday, causing some damage and leading to the closure of several highways.

Forecasters warned of the potential for storms through the rest of the week. On Tuesday, the bad weather began firing up in southeastern Oklahoma in the late afternoon, with one producing winds of 67 mph.

Severe weather on the Plains dropped more than rain, including a tornado in North Dakota that injured four people near Shield on Monday evening. High winds in the Fargo area knocked out power to more than 6,000 people, toppling trees and power lines.

Back in Oklahoma, the roof was blown off an office building in Eufaula as a tornado or straight-line winds blew through. In Muskogee County, the roof of a church was blown off, and several houses were damaged.

The level of a privately owned lake in Norman has risen high enough to begin eroding an earthen berm, releasing water into low-lying, heavily wooded areas, said Dave Grizzle, the city's emergency management coordinator.

No homes were in danger of flooding, but some might lose access to outside roads.

At least one family and some animals in Newcastle, southwest of Oklahoma City, had to evacuate Tuesday morning because of high waters caused by about 4 inches of rain Monday night.

Farther south, the main road in and out of Washington, Oklahoma, was closed because of a flooded creek. Four families evacuated, emergency officials said.

More than 13,000 electricity customers statewide lost power, although nearly all had had service restored by Tuesday afternoon.

In Texas, storms also caused some flooding, stranding motorists in high water, police said. A round of strong storms moved through North Texas on Tuesday evening, leading to flash flood warnings.