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Keystone Dam release to increase again this morning

Posted at 6:27 AM, May 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 07:31:28-04

TULSA COUNTY — After yet another round of wet weather, the Army Corps of Engineers will increase the flow from Keystone Dam to 275,000 cfs beginning at 7 a.m.

Last night the release rate of Keystone was increased to 265,000 cubic feet of water per second.

The corps expects to maintain those levels until Thursday.

In Bixby, parts of the city not already flooded could go underwater later today.

The increased water release from Keystone Dam takes about eight to ten hours to reach Bixby.

Officials tell us the ramped-up water release could also bring another foot of water in the flooded homes west of Tulsa.

Many residents in Sand Springs are already experiencing flooding.

The other major concern is the water release is applying pressure on the 70 year old levees.

Over the weekend, city and county officials began warning people living behind them, they should prepare to evacuate immediately if a breach happens.

The aging levees have never had this much pressure on them, for such an extended period of time, and today that pressure gets even higher.

Sand Springs and the western part of Tulsa County will see the first impact of the increased water release by about 9 a.m.

Most of Tulsa will start to see the water rise by around noon.

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