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Arkansas River near Tulsa above flood stage for first time since 1986

Posted at 10:06 AM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 12:20:08-04

TULSA — Shortly after midnight on Wednesday, the Arkansas River went above the flood stage near Tulsa for the first time since 1986.

The river levels, at just over 18 feet, are currently in the "minor" flooding stages.

The river in Tulsa is expected to rise to 21 feet, which is one foot below what the National Weather Service describes as "major" flooding.

City officials on Tuesday afternoon said residents in the following areas of Tulsa should take the necessary precautions in the case of potential flooding:

• Tulsa – 121st to 131st from Arkansas River to Sheridan Rd.
• Bixby – 151st to 161st from Memorial Dr. to the Arkansas River
• Bixby – 161st to 171st between Mingo Rd. and Garnett
• Jenks – South of 91st and West of Elm Street

RELATED: City of Bixby recommends evacuations for neighborhoods, homes in floodplain areas

For residents impacted by the storm, the Tulsa Red Cross has opened an evacuation center at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral.

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