Flooding Forces Evacuations


Saturday, June 30th 2007, 4:39 pm
By: News On 6


Parts of Green Country brace for more flooding. Lake Hulah is now overflowing, and it's feeding into the Caney River causing it to rise. The News On 6’s Chris Wright reports there have been some mandatory evacuations of some neighborhoods in Washington County, and other residents in low laying areas are being asked to be ready to leave.

Thelma Passmore has seen her fair share of flooding in the 56 years she's lived next to the Caney, so despite the warnings today she's staying put.

“The Caney and I are good friends, but it gets a little wild sometimes,” said Bartlesville resident Thelma Passmore

Others though aren't taking any chances. Family and friends worried by the rising water scrambled to move everything out of the house.

“I got a phone call about 11:30 said can you come and help, and I said sure. So I got my parents involved as well and we just all came down here and took care of business,” Bartlesville Resident Jeff McNeill said.

Meanwhile, businesses are just trying to take care of themselves. Employees at Bartlesville Paint and Body packed up before the water got any higher.

“Yeah, we got flooded in '86, we're thinking this is the smart thing to do, get out,” Danny Smith with Bartlesville Paint and Body said.

People weren't the only ones headed for higher ground. For the second time in a month the animals at the Washington County SPCA had to be evacuated too.

“It's very frustrating, it's a lot of work, but we have to think of the safety of the animals,” said Anita Stapp with the Washington County SPCA.

Thelma isn't so worried about her own safety. While stubborn she says if need be she'll leave.

“I know he'll take care of me, if I see I'm in danger I will go out,” she said.

Officials tell The News On 6 that Copan Dam is not letting out water yet.

Those two neighborhoods that have been evacuated are in Dewey, they are the Lake Shore Trailer Park and the Meadow Creek Subdivision. Those are the two neighborhoods that also had flooding problems on June 11th.

Watch the video: Washington County Residents Flee Flood Waters

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SKYNEWS 6: Dewey Flooding

Dozens Stranded In Flood Waters

Residents Rescued After Washington County Flooding

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