Caney River To Crest Monday

Sunday, July 1st 2007, 7:35 pm
By: News On 6

They're bracing for the worst in Bartlesville. The Caney River is still rising, and now the floodgates at Copan Dam are emptying even more water into the swollen riverbed. Emergency managers expect the Caney River to crest sometime overnight Sunday. They predict the water will be ten feet above flood stage, which would be devastating to the communities of Bartlesville and Dewey.

"That crest could possibly be sustained for a couple of days, so it's not going to be a case of the water going up and coming right back down,” said Washington County Emergency Management Director Kary Cox. “Once that water level comes up there's a good chance that we'll see those water levels stay fairly high for the next two or three days."

Several neighborhoods were evacuated Saturday.

The Red Cross has set up shelters in both Dewey and Bartlesville. In Dewey residents can seek shelter at the Dewey High School Gym, and in Bartlesville the East Cross United Methodist Church at 820 S Madison Boulevard is open to flood victims. If it fills up another shelter will be opened at the Liberty Chapel of Praise, located at 1312 W. Hensley.

WEB EXTRA: SKYNEWS 9 Aerials Of Copan Dam

Several Oklahoma creeks and rivers are rain swollen and in danger of going over their banks. Below is a list of several local waterways with possible flood dangers.

Caney River level at Bartlesville, click here.

Bird Creek level at Sperry, click here.

Deep Fork River level at Beggs, click here.

Neosho River level at Commerce, click here.

Verdigris River level at Lenapah, click here.

For more flooding information, check out our STORM ZONE web page.