Storms Leave Damage Behind Near Keefeton in Muskogee County

Friday, May 15th 2020, 7:53 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Okla. - People in Muskogee County are dealing with the aftermath of Friday’s severe weather.

Powerful wind and heavy rain caused damage and flooding throughout the county.

The stairs once connected to a mobile home are still standing while everything a Muskogee County couple owns is now flattened and scattered across their yard.

Roy Parker was away from his home working, and he's thankful for the last-minute change in his wife's plans for the day. 

“My wife was supposed to be home today, but she got called in for a meeting and thank God that she went to the meeting,” Parker said.

Parker and his wife, Karri, just moved in on Elm Grove Road a couple weeks ago. A good friend is making his way through the rubble, saving what he can.

"We got a few valuables, some pictures. I had a little safe in there that a few things in it that was nice to recover. But, for the most part, it's just gone,” Parker said.

Others had trouble even getting to their homes, with flooded roads across Muskogee County.

"The amount of water we got today was just - just a great deal of water,” Muskogee County Emergency Management Director Jeff Smith said.

Smith said so far, he knows of 16 properties with damage.

"What we've seen is like, a definite path. We've got a bunch of addresses and from that we've made a line and that's the areas we're kind of checking right now,” Smith said.

Across the street from the Parkers’ home, debris is scattered everywhere, but Roy said everyone is OK.

"I've got probably five or six family members down this road, and as far as I know nobody's been injured on Elm Grove Road,” he said.

Smith said he only knew of one injury in the county, and said it was minor.