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Flash flood causes panic in Tulsa

Posted at 10:20 PM, Jun 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-06 23:20:25-04

TULSA -- Tulsa took the brunt of the flash flooding Thursday evening, accumulating more than four inches in less than two hours.

"It’s going to float down the river, the road was a river," said Matthew Shaffer, Tulsa resident.

Matthew Shaffer looked outside on east Independence street and saw his truck begin to float away.

"Water was just running in through the front door, it was just a lot of water," said Shaffer.

With the help of his son, he says he grabbed his truck and was able to hold onto it just in time.

"Just seen the water recede and I was just so thankful I was able to save my grandma’s truck," said Shaffer.

The flash flooding caused panic on the roadways. Viewers sent us a video at 11th and Memorial of a car stuck in flood water. A Two Works For You storm chaser captured a sinking SUV in north Tulsa on Apache near highway 75.

"I just want you guys to pray for us because they came and saved our lives and we’re blessed," a woman said in Tulsa fire department's Facebook live.

The Tulsa fire department shared a Facebook live Thursday evening, moments after they rescued a family trapped in their vehicle in flood water.

"I didn’t think it was that high," she said in the video.

First responders once again remind drivers to turn around, don't drown.

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