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Live updates: Oklahoma severe weather blog May 25

Posted at 8:21 AM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 03:40:16-04

Tracking the latest developments, from flooding, to severe weather potential, across Oklahoma.

12 a.m. to 3:30 a.m.:

Latest on the tornado and severe storm damage across Green Country here.

View photos of storm damage here

9:52 p.m.

City of Coweta water update

8:09 p.m.

Rogers County Emergency Management issues a voluntary evacuation notice.

6:50 p.m.

TAEMA offers statement for businesses along Levee A & B

6:39 p.m.

Braggs offering voluntary air evacuations

2:50 p.m.

Some Rogers County residents asked to conserve water

1:50 p.m.

Muskogee Co. residents in low-lying areas encouraged to evacuate as Arkansas River reaches near-record flood stage

1:21 p.m.

Low-lying areas of Wagoner County under voluntary evacuation as river levels rise

12:27 p.m.

Nowata Emergency Management asks people to conserve water

12:15 p.m.

Due to overnight rainfall, GRDA Police ask public to stay clear of Flint Creek low water dam area along Flint Creek in Southern Delaware County.

11:57 a.m.

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

Effective immediately: Due to the emergency declaration, the Muskogee Turnpike, from the entrance at Hwy 69 to SH 165 is drivable at no charge for those who wish to use it.

11:41 a.m.

Residents behind levees in Tulsa should prepare to evacuate, mayor says

11:11 a.m.

[950 am - 5/25/19] UPDATE: MAJOR flooding now forecast the Verdigris R at Claremore. Forecast crest near 46.0 feet will exceed flood of 10/14/1986, and will be highest since Oologah Dam was completed in 1963!

11 a.m.

TAEMA Emergency Operations Update – 10:30 a.m.

Due to significant rain in the Tulsa area last night, the Army Corps of Engineers must extend the duration of the 250,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) release by Wednesday morning rather than Sunday afternoon as originally planned.

Currently, the levees are working as they should, but have experienced the 250,000 cfs release rate for an extended amount of time and officials will be watching the levee system closely due to the extension of the release rate.

If the levee system is compromised, evacuation and contingency plans must be in place for residents that live near Levee A, south of the Keystone Expressway/Hwy412, east of River City Park Rd. and west of 65th W. Ave. For residents that live near Levee B, between 65th W. Ave. to Newblock Park and south of Keystone Expressway/Hwy412. Residents should begin to prepare for a possible voluntary evacuation and remain vigilant to this evolving situation.

It is highly recommended that all people who live near Levees A and B pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary as a levee comprise would inundate the areas quickly.

The levee maps can be found at:

Tulsa Police are patrolling neighborhoods that have already been evacuated in the Tulsa city limits to keep the homes secure and thwart looters.

Current street and park closures in Tulsa County are as follows:

• S. Riverside Dr. from Southwest Blvd. to S. Houston

• W. 36th St. from S. Elwood to S. Galveston

• W. 37th St. from S. Elwood to S. Galveston

• S. 61st W. Ave. and W. 11th St.

• W. 41st St. and S. Elwood Intersection

• Aquarium Dr. below, 96th St. Bridge (traffic bridge is open)

• Segment of Oklahoma State Highway 51 at 137th W. Ave. east towards Hwy 97

• River Parks along Riverside Dr. is closed and no electricity is available along River Parks.

• Mohawk Park and Redbud Valley (places)

• Parking areas along Riverside Dr. have been barricaded

Current sand bag locations in the Tulsa metro are:

Tulsa – Oral Roberts University Mabee Center parking lot, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., open 24/7

Jenks – Jenks Softball Field, 1701 N. Birch St.

For the Jenks location, bags are available to fill, but the public is responsible to bring their own shovel(s). The weekend hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Shelters and Donations

Two evacuation shelters are in place - the first is at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place and there is an additional shelter at Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool. ADA service animals can be taken to the Crosstown shelter location. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.

Residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to this flooding event or evacuations can call 211, 211 is also equipped to take damage assessments and answer questions about donations to those affected by the floods.

Education and Safety

• If you leave your home, take all electric precautions by switching off the main breaker to electricity and disconnect any emergency power system, like generators.

• Have a packed bag with prescriptions and clothing for a multiple-day period

• Charge your cell phones and place them in low-power mode, put valuables in a higher place, bring your pets with you

• Leave your home with important identification for you and any members of your family and take videos/pictures of your home for insurance purposes

• If you are an evacuee or someone you know is evacuated and requires home health care and/or in-home hospice care, you need to let your health care agency know where you are sheltering so you can continue to receive services.

• It is important to have a two-week supply of prescription medication on hand and ready if/when you evacuated. In addition, have copies of all prescription medication with dosage, prescribing doctor, and pharmacy. This includes mental health medications. Communicate this message with those in your life who may need assistance with this.

• Communicate with members of your family who need to take these precautions but have physical limitations that may prevent them from doing so.

• For safety’s sake, assume that any downed utility line is energized with deadly electric current. Stay away from the line and do not touch it with anything. Report it to PSO at 1-888-218-3919.

Stay Updated on the Flooding Event

Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit for updates. Live feeds from news conferences are available on the City of Tulsa Gov Facebook.

The City of Tulsa website has a Google translator that can translate all web pages in more than 121 languages. The City of Tulsa is also adding translations of this briefing in various languages to the City’s Facebook page when available.

All maps for the flooding event can be found at:

8:49 a.m.

At 8 AM on Saturday, May 25:

• Grand Lake elevation was 754.82 feet. Daily target elevation for May 25 is 743.60 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, nine (9) main and three (3) east spillway gates were open at Pensacola Dam, discharging 175,740 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Six (6) units were online at the Pensacola Dam powerhouse, releasing 13,301 cfs of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 189,041 cfs.

• Inflows into Grand Lake totaled 159,978 cfs.

• Lake Hudson elevation was 635.90 feet. Normal elevation is 619 feet.

• At the direction of the United States Army Corps of Engineers, eight (8) gates were open at Robert S. Kerr Dam, discharging 174,784 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water.

• Four (4) units were online at the Robert S. Kerr Dam powerhouse, releasing 22,410 cfs of water through generation.

• Releases through floodgates and generation totaled 197,194 cfs.

• Inflows into Lake Hudson totaled 198,927 cfs.

8:38 a.m.

Latest 2 Works for You Forecast

8:20 a.m.

LIST: Highway closures due to flooding May 25

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