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Live blog: Updates on flooding conditions around Green Country

Posted: 8:24 AM, May 30, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-30 23:12:55-04
Flooding in Tulsa

The good news is that rain is not expected across Green Country across the next few days, but many areas are still being heavily impacted by severe flooding. Track the latest updates on conditions below:

9:30 p.m.
From the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers:

If you were below the Keystone Dam today, located 15 miles west of Tulsa, Okla., you may have seen excavating equipment working on areas below the dam.
The backhoe in this photo was conducting routine maintenance to the riprap, which is stone used to form a foundation for a breakwater or other structures.
These repairs are common during flooding brought on by heavy rainfall and nothing to be concerned about.
We have full confidence in the integrity of the dam. Keystone is a rock solid structure and she is functioning exactly as she is supposed to during a flood event of this magnitude.
Fortunately, Mother Nature gave us a break in the rain and we have been able to step down water releases.
We are currently releasing water at an approximate rate of 220,000 cubic feet per second, which is a far cry from the 275,000 CFS we were releasing yesterday.

5:41 p.m.

From the City of Coweta: Public Update

The Verdigris River is expected to stay at or near the same level for another week or so. It will continue to impact our community as it will remain at or above flood stage.

We know some of our streets have sustained damage from the sustained flooding. We are cataloging those areas and will make repairs as soon as we can -- bear in mind city crews are still dealing with flood-impacted infrastructure in many areas, some of it critical for everyone's needs. Road repairs are a priority, but they will be worked into the schedule as soon as they can be. If you've noticed flood damage to your street, please call Public Works and let us know.

We will continue to operate under water conservation for the next few weeks -- we cannot even begin to assess the situation at our water intake station until after the flood waters recede, and then we'll have to make necessary repairs. We are trying to anticipate what will be needed and get a head start on what we'll need, but we will not know for certain until the water is gone. That is likely to take at least another week. PLEASE CONTINUE TO CONSERVE WATER WHERE POSSIBLE until normal operations are restored. We realize you need to do laundry, and to wash dishes. Just do what you can to use less water overall so we can ensure the temporary system can support everyone's needs. THANK YOU for everyone's help in participating in conservation and sharing the word. Our usage as a city has been lower than normal the past few days, so we know you all are working together in this.

DO NOT PLAY IN or allow others to play in the floodwaters. Not only are the currents dangerous, but the debris and the possible contaminants are equally dangerous. Banks and areas near the water are eroding and unstable. DON'T GO LOOK AT THE WATER.

REPORT DAMAGE: If you've had damage, please report it! Help may be available, but only for those who report by clicking here . You can all so call 2-1-1 to report. Disaster assistance at the federal, state, and individual level depends on accurate reporting. This is NOT an insurance claim process -- just a way to help the disaster assessment and response teams accurately know what happened & where it happened.

6 p.m.

GRDA Update:

  • Grand Lake elevation was 754.07 feet. Daily target elevation for May 30 is 743.93 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, five (5) main and two (2) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 84,479 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,935 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 98,414 cfs.
  • Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 80,439 cfs.
  • Lake Hudson elevation was 633.70 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.
  • At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, four (4) gates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 65,751 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.
  • Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 29,970 cfs of water through generation.
  • Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 95,721 cfs.
  • Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 101,592 cfs.


5:10 p.m.

Update from the City of Tulsa: Greenwaste

The city's Greenwaste Facility, located at 2100 North 145th E. Ave., is a free greenwaste removal option open for Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Jenks and unincorporated Tulsa County residents. Those looking to use the facility will need to present a driver’s license or current utility bill. Customers outside of this area can pay $0.55 per cubic yard at the gate to drop-off greenwaste.

The Greenwaste site will be open until 8 p.m. this evening and Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Starting Sunday, the site will resume normal business hours from 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Greenwaste includes leaves, grass and tree limbs only. Flooding debris and trash are not accepted.

3:55 p.m.

Volunteers Needed: Weekend Flooding Cleanup

The Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency is seeking volunteers to assist with cleanup operations at the Town and Country neighborhood at 145th and Highway 51 from June 1-2, from 8 a.m. to dark.

Volunteers should show up wearing boots and heavy leather work gloves. Anyone who comes without these will be turned away.

It’s strongly advised volunteers have tetanus shots prior to volunteering. Residents can receive tetanus shots on site from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from the Tulsa Health Department.

Cleanup efforts will start in affected homes beginning with interior item removal like furniture, bedding and other normal interior contents. Mud, muck and silt deposits will need to be shoveled out and thrown away. Then drywall, sheetrock, insulation and any electric materials that were covered with water will need to be removed. Volunteers and homeowners will have to scrub, clean and bleach the homes. Once everything has been removed, the doors to the home will need to be left open for them to dry out and fans used if you have them.

Interior debris will need to be moved out to the dumpsters, which will be provided. Any green waste will be taken to the City of Tulsa green waste site.

Access to the neighborhood will be limited to residents, family, volunteers and first responders. Neighbors and volunteers need to be aware for heavy machinery in the area.

As homeowners re-enter these homes, it’s important to document and take pictures of the flood damage for insurance and damage assessment purposes. Affected residents are encouraged to go to www.damage.ok.gov to report damages online.

Volunteers may bring any additional equipment. Gasoline powered devices, such as generators and power washers, should not be operated indoors.

Anyone interested in volunteering with any other efforts should call 211.

3:01 p.m.

Tulsa, OK Area Post Offices

Temporarily Adjust Operations

TULSA, OK — Due to the impacts from recent flooding, and in an abundance of caution, some Tulsa area post offices are temporarily adjusting delivery operations. Customers whose households are inaccessible due to flooded roads and/or required evacuation orders, may pick up their mail at their local post office during regular business hours. Customers will be required to present a valid photo identification.

This includes residents in the Sand Springs, OK 74063 delivery area. Residents of impacted areas including Meadow Valley, Town & Country, Candlestick Beach, The Valley and Wekiwa neighborhoods can pick up their mail between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Sand Springs Post Office, located at 114 W 2nd St., Sand Springs, OK 74063.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers, however, the safety and well-being of both customers and employees is of utmost importance to the Postal Service.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

2:54 p.m.

Troop L Road Closings

05/30/2019

15:00 hours

Craig County:

None

Delaware County:

SH127 west of US59

Mayes County:

None

Nowata:

SH10 eastbound and westbound from US169 to the Craig/Nowata County line

SH28 between US169 and US60

Ottawa County:
SH125 at SH10

SH10 eastbound @ Elm Street

US69 West of the Neosho River Bridge

US59 at CR540 west of Miami.

Washington County:

None.

Will Rogers Turnpike:

None

Cherokee Turnpike:

None

2:53 p.m.
2:53 p.m.
River Spirit Casino to be closed indefinitely

2:13 p.m.

ODOT has opened the north bound lane of US69 at the Arkansas river bridge north of Muskogee. The south bound lanes remain closed.
ODOT has opened the north bound lane of US69 at the Arkansas river bridge north of Muskogee. The south bound lanes remain closed.
1:28 p.m.

Roadway is now clear, both lanes are open.

US75 1 mile north of Wetumka, OK in Hughes county is closed in both directions due to a semi truck that attempted a u-turn and got stuck. Trooper Storts #231 is at scene and a large truck wrecker is enroute.

Time Closed: 1150

Time Opened: 1320

Total Time Closed: 1 hour and 30 minutes

1:18 p.m.

Situation Update 5/30 at 1 p.m.

The City will begin picking up green waste related to the recent storms on June 10. For complete details visit www.brokenarrowok.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=806 [brokenarrowok.gov].

Indian Springs residents

1) The Postal Service has informed the City they are holding mail for residents whose homes are inaccessible to mail trucks.

2) The City’s Sanitation Division has put a dumpster at Forrest Road and Ocala Street for residents whose homes are inaccessible to trash trucks. The dumpster will be emptied on Tuesdays and Fridays until such time as the water recedes.

Water level:

The US Army Corps of Engineers reduced the discharge from Keystone Dam to around 265,000 cfs yesterday evening. The Corps plans reduce Keystone releases as long as the inflows into the lake continue to decrease. Water levels in south Broken Arrow appear to be receding.

Forecast:

The National Weather Service indicates Thursday and Friday should be dry. A 20 percent chance of rain or storms returns late Saturday with 30-40 percent chances Sunday-Wednesday.

Power outages:

PSO indicated they had to shut off power to a little over 100 homes last night in Indian Springs due to unsafe water levels around their infrastructure. There are no estimates when it will be restored at this time.

Gas shutoff:

ONG has disconnected natural gas service to approximately 94 homes in Indian Springs due to the water level. ONG has done this for the safety of their customers, as well as their employees first responders.

If you smell natural gas, please leave the area immediately and call 911 and 800-458-4251.

Current road closures:

• Washington (91st) between Evans Road (225th) and Highland Drive was closed by Wagoner County.

• Hillside Drive remains closed between Charlestons and Hobby Lobby. Do not attempt to drive around barricades. Pedestrians and joggers must also keep out of the area.

Dial 211:

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.

Residents who experience damage to their home, business or farm should also complete a state reporting form at http://damage.ok.gov [damage.ok.gov].

Cooling station:

Central Park Community Center will be open regular business hours (7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F and 9a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday) as a cooling station for residents without power.

Clean-up assistance:

From now until June 14, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for muck-out, debris removal and home cleanup from the recent statewide storms and flooding. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup and mucking out, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. The public may call 800-451-1954 to request help with storm and flooding related cleanup. Those requests will be shared with relief organizations at crisiscleanup.org.

Residents can also register for assistance with Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief at www.okdisasterhelp.org [okdisasterhelp.org].

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veterans who have been impacted by the recent weather may be eligible for a Financial Grant. Visit their website at okvets.ok.gov [okvets.ok.gov] and click on the "get help" tab to find a service officer or location near you to assist. You can also call 918-781-7766 or 405-523-4000 to locate a service office or location near you.

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports that people with horses and cattle in need of assistance can call Dr. Rod Hall at (580) 257-0254 and Dr. Clayton Cook at 575-405-9556. Anyone with facilities that can temporarily keep 10 or more horses from the evacuated areas are also asked to call Dr. Hall.

Shelters:

American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open due to high water:

• Coweta High School, 14607 S. 305th E Ave, Coweta

• Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool

• Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa

Highway closures:

For official information about highway closures due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation posts updates in the Traffic Advisory section of www.odot.org [odot.org]. An interactive map showing highway conditions and closures can be found at www.okroads.org [okroads.org].

EOC Active:

The Broken Arrow Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated, and officials continue to monitor weather conditions and water levels in Broken Arrow.

Emergency Declaration:

An Emergency Declaration has been issued for the area south of Jasper (131st) Street between Garnett Road to 23rd Street (County Line Road).

Non-residents must stay out of the area as it is an emergency area.

A voluntary evacuation remains in effect for people living south of Jasper Street. Since the evacuation is voluntary, residents who have left their homes may return at anytime. Police posted in the area will verify residency before allowing access.

Stay out of floodwaters, as there are many contaminants in the water that are hazardous to your health. Also be cautious of additional wildlife, such as snakes, that will be seeking higher ground

1:09 p.m.

Macy’s has donated $20,000 to the American Red Cross to support its disaster relief efforts and has launched a charitable round-up campaign with the help of its colleagues and customers. Beginning today through Wednesday, June 12, Macy’s Penn Square and Macy’s Woodland Hills locations will offer customers the opportunity to round-up their in-store purchase to the nearest dollar (up to $.99) with all proceeds benefiting the Midwest Storm Relief Efforts through the American Red Cross.

12:27 p.m.

Braggs, OK — Due to local flooding issues, and in an abundance of caution, the Braggs, OK, Post Office, located at 300 N. Madison St., Braggs, OK, 74423, has temporarily relocated operations to the Fort Gibson Post Office, located at 201 W. Poplar St., Fort Gibson, OK, 74434.

12:25 p.m.

US75 1 mile north of Wetumka, OK in Hughes county is closed in both directions due to a semi truck that attempted a u-turn and got stuck. Trooper Storts #231 is at scene and a large truck wrecker is enroute.

Time Closed: 1150

Time Opened:

Total Time Closed:

11:44 a.m.

Broken Arrow, Okla. (06/01/2019) – The Streets and Stormwater Department will begin collecting green storm debris, such as branches and limbs, in Broken Arrow starting Monday, June 10. The City will be divided into four quadrants (See Attached Map). Crews will begin in the Northeast Quadrant, followed by Southeast, Southwest and Northwest Quadrants.

Instructions for pickup:

• Debris must be placed curbside by the morning of Sunday, June 9.

• Limbs must be cut into lengths of 8 feet or less.

• Do not place debris next to mailboxes, fire hydrants, gas meters or over water meters.

• Separate tree limbs and branches from other debris such as fencing or roofing materials. Crews will NOT collect debris unless green waste is separated from building materials.

Cleanup of minor twigs and small branches will be the resident’s responsibility.

After storm debris pickup is completed, any further debris pickup will have to be scheduled through the City’s Action Center and will be charged as a normal bulky pickup.

Residents who do not want to wait for the free curbside debris pickup have several options:

• Residents may take their green waste storm debris to the Tulsa Mulch Site, located at 2100 N. 145th E. Ave. Drop-off is free with a driver’s license or recent utility bill showing a Broken Arrow address.

• Tree limbs may be set out with the normal, twice-weekly trash pickup; however, limbs and brush must be cut into 4-foot lengths and tied into 1-foot diameter bundles.

• Call the Action Center at 918-258-3587 to schedule a bulky waste pickup. Bulky

pickup occurs weekly and costs depend on the size of the load. Paid bulky pickups will be given first priority over the above free storm debris pickup. Cost is $36 up to 5 cubic yards and $75 for 6-15 cubic yards.

• Residents can haul their storm debris to the Waste Management Quarry Landfill, located at 13740 E. 46th St. N. Standard landfill rates will apply.

11:39 a.m.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

7 mins ·

Due to the state of emergency in the Northeast part of the State, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority announces it will be suspending tolls from Miami to Afton:

EB: Cash customers entering the turnpike at Afton will pay the toll but will receive the full refund when you exit at Miami.*

WB: Cash customers entering at Miami traveling WB and exiting at Afton who have a ticket from the Miami toll plaza

will not be charged the toll from Miami

to Afton.*

*NO TOLLS WILL BE CHARGED TO PIKEPASS CUSTOMERS

We will announce when tolls resume.

11:09 a.m.

City of Bixby - Municipality

5 mins ·

Sandbags – Citizens who feel that floodwater and any future rain events do not pose any further risks to their residence or property may choose to assist other communities still struggling with flooding by returning surplus sandbags to White Hawk for reuse.

10:56 a.m.

Tulsa Animal Welfare Seeking Airline Crate Donations

(Tulsa, OK) – At 9 a.m. tomorrow, nearly 200 animals (100 dogs and 100 cats) from across northeastern Oklahoma without owners will be flown to Chicago, Illinois, to make room for any additional animals displaced by flooding.

Tulsa Animal Welfare is seeking donations of large and extra-large airline crates to be dropped off at the Tulsa Expo Square Pavilion’s emergency shelter (south entrance) today before 5 p.m.

Humane Society of Tulsa is facilitating this effort, but The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is paying for the Flight to Chicago.

The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.

10:18 a.m.

Trp. Howze #790 and Trp. Collins #886 are responding to a report of an overturned commercial vehicle on SH2 approximate four mile south of Whitefield in Haskell county. The roadway is blocked and the vehicle is leaking fuel and oil onto the roadway. No injuries associated with this collision.

Time closed: 1005 hours

9:13 a.m.

Troop L Road Closings
05/30/2019
09:00 hours

Craig County:

None

Delaware County:

SH127 west of US59

Mayes County:

None

Nowata:

SH10 eastbound and westbound from US169 to the Craig/Nowata County line

SH28 between US169 and US60

Ottawa County:

SH125 at SH10

SH10 eastbound @ Elm Street

US69 West of the Neosho River Bridge

US59 at CR540 west of Miami.

Washington County:

SH123 between Bartlesville and Dewey

Will Rogers Turnpike:

None

Cherokee Turnpike:

None

9:07 a.m.

SH97 at Movilla Hills Dr. north of Sand Springs is closed in both directions due to power lines being down on. PSO has been notified.

8:49 a.m.

Bixby neighborhoods evacuate overnight

8:18 a.m.

May 30 highway closures due to flooding across Oklahoma

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