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May 23 severe weather, flooding blog

Posted: 1:57 PM, May 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-23 23:10:07-04
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Latest updates on severe storms and flooding below:

7:50 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE

As a result of severe weather and flooding impacts across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services - Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department State Parks Division, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management continues to ask residents impacted by the recent storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov or by calling 211. Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Residents can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey.

LOCAL REPORTS

Delaware County Emergency Management reports property damage and downed power lines in the Jay area after a tornado was reported last night.

Lincoln County Emergency Management reports several county roads have been damaged by flooding. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a mandatory evacuation order is still in place for Webbers Falls. Parts of Ft. Gibson remain under a voluntary evacuation order.

Pottawatomie Emergency Management reports a portion of railway is now underwater.

Stillwater Emergency Management reports that they will begin damage assessments tomorrow for impacted homes.

Tuttle Emergency Management reports a bridge and a road closed.
Tuttle Emergency Management reports a bridge and a road closed.
Wagoner County Emergency Management reports voluntary and self-evacuations in the town of Coweta due to flooding.

Woods County Emergency Management reports a damaged bridge near Capron.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency latest updates are available at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/press-room/ [cityoftulsa.org].

INJURIES

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 74 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports one fatality in Payne County is attributed to flooding.

MASS CARE

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

Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa

First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami

Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee

Church on the Word, 1511 Culwell Rd, Warner
Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3700 Woodland Road, Bartlesville

Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool

American Red Cross is also providing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in Muskogee with water for the next two shifts.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief served 100 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center, and will be providing 150 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center tomorrow.

Cherokee Nation delivered pallets of water to Jay following the tornado last night.

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is calling for certified animal response volunteers to care for displaced animals in Tulsa County. An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is also coordinating with the American Red Cross to support shelter needs in Tulsa, Muskogee, Warner and Fort Gibson.

Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 47 Gore Nursing Home residents were relocated to the Vian Nursing Home, and nursing home residents in Fort Gibson are being moved to McAlester.

STATE, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa and Muskogee counties.

Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) has been coordinating with American Humane to bring an animal search and rescue team.

Oklahoma National Guard is assisting with sandbag operations in Tulsa, Bixby, and Jenks.

Oklahoma State Department of Health staff have been deployed to support the Muskogee County EOC and to the Cherokee Nation EOC to provide support.

Civil Air Patrol is facilitating a fly over of damaged areas including Seminole, Tulsa, Ottawa, Delaware, and Pawnee counties.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has troopers stationed in the area of the I-40 bridge to ensure safety, along with Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials. They continue to have troopers and other resources including airboats, jetboats, and other water equipment and personnel in Muskogee county.

Choctaw Nation is sending members to assist Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah.

Department of Environmental Quality is sending staff to assist Tulsa Area Emergency Management.

US Army Corp of Engineers is assisting the Muskogee EOC with mapping and inundation information. They are also assisting with 3500 sandbags in Broken Arrow They have also inspected the Webber’s Falls Lock & Dam after two barges struck earlier today. Initial observations are that the structural damage is minimal. No integrity issues were. They will continue to monitor and assess the dam as water conditions change.

UTILITIES

Oklahoma Natural has disconnected meters in certain flood areas for safety reasons. The approximate meter count is:

Skiatook: 90

Sand Springs – N and S of HWY 51: 375

Bixby: 300

Ft. Gibson: 100

Owasso: 15

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 4,188 power outages statewide.

OG&E – Total: 3,351 (Fort Gibson)

PSO – Total: 474

Delaware: 287

Tulsa: 42

Craig: 27

Comanche: 51

Washington: 58

Scattered small outages in the following counties:

Atoka, Beckham, Choctaw, Mayes, Rogers, and Wagoner

COOPERATIVES (by county)

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 289

Craig: 21

Delaware: 131

Mayes: 131

Ottawa: 5

Rogers: 1

Lake Region Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 74

Cherokee: 61

Mayes: 13

ROAD CLOSURES

Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports all lanes of SH-100 and I-40 are now open over the Arkansas River.

The following highways are closed:

• Alfalfa County - SH-8/SH-11 is closed between US-64 north of Cherokee to the SH-58 junction

• Beckham County - The I-40 southern service road (old 66) at MM19 is closed for extended repairs due to road damage

• Cherokee County - SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake; SH-80 is closed near the Canyon Rd. access area just north of Fort Gibson

• Cotton County - SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70

• Delaware County - SH-127 is closed near Jay just west of US-59 due to a damaged drainage structure

• Johnston County - SH-48A is closed to through traffic between the SH-48 junction in Coleman and SH-7 in Milburn due to a damaged construction detour

• Kay County - US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa

• Logan County - SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage from flooding

• Love County - SH-77-Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway

• Lincoln County - SH-66 is closed between US-177 and SH-18 in Chandler

• Mayes County - SH-82 is closed at Grand River south of Langley

• Muskogee County - SH-10 is closed 2 miles east of the US-62 junction near Fort Gibson; US-62 is closed between SH-80 near Fort Gibson and SH-165 in Muskogee; SH-104 is closed at Coal Creek near Haskell

• Noble County - SH-15 is closed between US-77 and Red Rock.74; SH-156 is closed between Marland and US-60/US-177 in Kay County

• Nowata County - SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah due to damage to a drain; SH-28 is closed between US-60 and US-169

• Ottawa County - SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami; US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69; SH10 is closed between US-69 and the SH-69A junction in Miami; SH-69A is closed 1.5 miles north of SH-10 near Miami; US-69 is closed between SH-1235 and US-59/SH-10

• Pawnee County - US-64 is closed between Pawnee and SH-18

• Payne County - SH-18 is closed at the Cimarron River between Cushing and the SH-51 junction

• Tulsa County - SH-11 is closed from 76th St. North to 186th St. North; SH-20 is closed from US-75 to west of Skiatook; Eastbound SH-51 is closed just west of SH-97.

• Wagoner County - SH-16 is closed near the Muskogee Turnpike just north of Muskogee; SH-16 is closed northwest of Okay; SH-72 is closed from East 201st south to just north of the Arkansas River bridge.

• Washington County - SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey

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].

STATE OF EMERGENCY

A State of Emergency remains in effect for 66 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began in April. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, and Woods.

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.

7:28 p.m.

Tulsa area emergency management update

Salina, Jay tornadoes rated by National Weather Service.
6:54 p.m.
Our survey team found EF-2 damage in a tornado path that began on the northwest side of Jay and dissipated just into McDonald Co MO north of Route O. Several homes were severely damaged, numerous trees snapped and uprooted, poles snapped, outbuildings destroyed.
Salina, Jay tornadoes rated by National Weather Service.
Our survey team also found EF-1 damage from a tornado that developed southwest of Salina, moved south of town, and dissipated northeast of town. Some trees were uprooted and large tree limbs were snapped in the path.
Our survey team found EF-2 damage in a tornado path that began on the northwest side of Jay and dissipated just into McDonald Co MO north of Route O. Several homes were severely damaged, numerous trees snapped and uprooted, poles snapped, outbuildings destroyed.
6:51 p.m.
Our survey team also found EF-1 damage from a tornado that developed southwest of Salina, moved south of town, and dissipated northeast of town. Some trees were uprooted and large tree limbs were snapped in the path.
Broken Arrow, Okla. (5/23/19) – The City of Broken Arrow has issued an Emergency Declaration due to flooding, caused by the recent intense rainfall and historic outflow from Keystone Dam. The proclamation is effective immediately and applies specifically to the area south of Jasper (131st) Street between Garnett Road to 23rd Street (County Line Road).
6:51 p.m.
The proclamation also prohibits non-residents from the area declared as an emergency. This provision was included in the proclamation due to police concerns regarding potential looting in the emergency area.
Broken Arrow, Okla. (5/23/19) – The City of Broken Arrow has issued an Emergency Declaration due to flooding, caused by the recent intense rainfall and historic outflow from Keystone Dam. The proclamation is effective immediately and applies specifically to the area south of Jasper (131st) Street between Garnett Road to 23rd Street (County Line Road).
A voluntary evacuation is advised. Property within the 100 year floodplain is at the greatest risk. Residents in affected areas are advised to gather a multi-day supply of clothing, food, medications, as well as pets (with supplies for them as well) and leave the area. Other tips include:
The proclamation also prohibits non-residents from the area declared as an emergency. This provision was included in the proclamation due to police concerns regarding potential looting in the emergency area.
• Bring pets with you (include supplies for them as well)
A voluntary evacuation is advised. Property within the 100 year floodplain is at the greatest risk. Residents in affected areas are advised to gather a multi-day supply of clothing, food, medications, as well as pets (with supplies for them as well) and leave the area. Other tips include:
• Place valuables up high
• Bring pets with you (include supplies for them as well)
• Charge cell phones
• Place valuables up high
• Take video or pictures of your home for insurance purposes.
• Charge cell phones
Once evacuated, residents may not be able to enter evacuated areas.
• Take video or pictures of your home for insurance purposes.
Sand bags have also been made available for residents in potential flood zones. Sand and bags are available at the Liberty Trail parking lot on the east side of Elm Place near the Creek Turnpike. Entry to the trailhead is off Miami Street. Residents will need to fill their own sand bags using their own shovels. Tools are NOT provided.
Once evacuated, residents may not be able to enter evacuated areas.
If you are unsure if your home is in a potential flood zone, please call the One Stop Division at 918-259-8333, Option 0. You may also check online at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home [msc.fema.gov]
Sand bags have also been made available for residents in potential flood zones. Sand and bags are available at the Liberty Trail parking lot on the east side of Elm Place near the Creek Turnpike. Entry to the trailhead is off Miami Street. Residents will need to fill their own sand bags using their own shovels. Tools are NOT provided.

6:43 p.m.

Mayor G.T. Bynum says the current rate of release from the Keystone Dam will last through the weekend.
6:43 p.m.
6:35 p.m.
Mayor G.T. Bynum says the current rate of release from the Keystone Dam will last through the weekend.
The City of Jenks is monitoring the entire Jenks area for possible flooding. The Jenks Mayor, Vice Mayor, City Manager, City Engineers, Jenks PD, and Jenks Fire have all been out in the community today assessing the situation.
6:35 p.m.
At this time, the city is encouraging our residents that live near Polecat Creek, and any creek or stream, to stay vigilant and be prepared with their Go Kits (a bag with their special documents, identification, medications, baby supplies, clothes).
The City of Jenks is monitoring the entire Jenks area for possible flooding. The Jenks Mayor, Vice Mayor, City Manager, City Engineers, Jenks PD, and Jenks Fire have all been out in the community today assessing the situation.
The leadership and Emergency Operations Center is running 24/7 right now to monitor the flooding and will continue to provide any updates or changes to Jenks residents.
At this time, the city is encouraging our residents that live near Polecat Creek, and any creek or stream, to stay vigilant and be prepared with their Go Kits (a bag with their special documents, identification, medications, baby supplies, clothes).
6:34 p.m.
The leadership and Emergency Operations Center is running 24/7 right now to monitor the flooding and will continue to provide any updates or changes to Jenks residents.
With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourages Oklahomans to visit the state’s lakes, rivers, or streams. While recreating at these natural water bodies, DEQ reminds you to follow some simple tips to help keep you and your family safe while swimming, boating, canoeing, or enjoying other water activities.
6:34 p.m.
Natural bodies of water, especially warm and stagnant water, can contain organisms that may cause illness. Bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can cause skin, eye, and ear infections, respiratory infections, or gastrointestinal upset. Illness can range from mild to severe. While some microorganisms occur naturally, others are carried into surface waters from a variety of sources.
With the Memorial Day holiday approaching, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) encourages Oklahomans to visit the state’s lakes, rivers, or streams. While recreating at these natural water bodies, DEQ reminds you to follow some simple tips to help keep you and your family safe while swimming, boating, canoeing, or enjoying other water activities.
Please consider the following precautions to protect against water-borne sickness when recreating in natural waters:
Natural bodies of water, especially warm and stagnant water, can contain organisms that may cause illness. Bacteria, viruses, and other microorganisms can cause skin, eye, and ear infections, respiratory infections, or gastrointestinal upset. Illness can range from mild to severe. While some microorganisms occur naturally, others are carried into surface waters from a variety of sources.
Choose swimming areas carefully
Please consider the following precautions to protect against water-borne sickness when recreating in natural waters:

Choose swimming areas carefully

  • Pay attention to signage about water conditions
  • Stay away from any area that has stagnant water, floating debris, scum, an oil sheen, or dead fish
  • Avoid swimming near storm drains

Take simple precautions

  • Do not swim in flooded areas

Take simple precautions

  • Hold nose or wear nose plugs when jumping into the water
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming
  • Wear ear plugs to prevent ear infections

Wash skin with soap and water after swimming

  • Wear swim goggles or masks to prevent eye infections

Prevent spread of illness to othersWash skin with soap and water after swimming

Prevent spread of illness to others

  • Take children to the restroom frequently
  • Use swim diapers on infants
  • Rinse off prior to entering the water
  • 5:54 p.m.

Fatality water related incident occurred 05-21-19 at approximately 05:30 hours on US 177 1.5 miles north of Blackwell, OK on Dry Creek Bridge in Kay county.
5:54 p.m.
Vehicle-1: 2012 Ford F-150 Truck driven by Larry Elliswoth Larimore (sic) white male, age 77 of Blackwell, OK. Pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner out of the Oklahoma City office at approximately 12:40 hours on 05/23/19 and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.
Fatality water related incident occurred 05-21-19 at approximately 05:30 hours on US 177 1.5 miles north of Blackwell, OK on Dry Creek Bridge in Kay county.
What Happened: Vehicle-1 was northbound on US177 in route to Wichita, Ks from Blackwell, OK. Vehicle-1 drove into the water that was over the roadway. Vehicle-1 started to flood and take on water. Driver of vehicle-1 opened the door to exit and was overtaken with the rushing flood water and swept away. Pickup was swept away by the flood waters and traveled ¼ of a mile down the bar ditch and stopped under the Dry creek bridge where it was located 05/22/19. Driver of Vehicle-1 was located approximately 400 yards west of where Vehicle-1 had been swept off the roadway.
Vehicle-1: 2012 Ford F-150 Truck driven by Larry Elliswoth Larimore (sic) white male, age 77 of Blackwell, OK. Pronounced dead at the scene by Medical Examiner out of the Oklahoma City office at approximately 12:40 hours on 05/23/19 and transported to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Oklahoma City.
5:29 p.m.
What Happened: Vehicle-1 was northbound on US177 in route to Wichita, Ks from Blackwell, OK. Vehicle-1 drove into the water that was over the roadway. Vehicle-1 started to flood and take on water. Driver of vehicle-1 opened the door to exit and was overtaken with the rushing flood water and swept away. Pickup was swept away by the flood waters and traveled ¼ of a mile down the bar ditch and stopped under the Dry creek bridge where it was located 05/22/19. Driver of Vehicle-1 was located approximately 400 yards west of where Vehicle-1 had been swept off the roadway.
TULSA – At approximately 11:58 a.m. Thursday 23 May 2019, two uncontrolled barges owned by Oakley Transport made contact with Webbers Falls Lock and Dam #16. The barges contacted the piers for gates 7/8/9 & 10, capsized and are currently submerged below the water on the upstream side of the dam. Due to current water conditions, it is unclear at this time how much barge debris (if any) may have passed through the dam.
5:29 p.m.
The Webber’s Falls Lock & Dam staff, in coordination with Tulsa District Water Managers, ensured all tainter gates were fully elevated in order to minimize damage in advance of the barge strike. However, at this time submerged barge debris is obstructing three gates (7, 9 and 10) from being able to fully close.
TULSA – At approximately 11:58 a.m. Thursday 23 May 2019, two uncontrolled barges owned by Oakley Transport made contact with Webbers Falls Lock and Dam #16. The barges contacted the piers for gates 7/8/9 & 10, capsized and are currently submerged below the water on the upstream side of the dam. Due to current water conditions, it is unclear at this time how much barge debris (if any) may have passed through the dam.
Tulsa District engineers were immediately deployed to the structure to inspect the integrity of the dam. Initial observations are that the structural damage is minimal. We found no integrity issues that make us concerned that it will not perform as designed. We will continue to monitor and assess the dam as water conditions change. A copy of our assessment will be provided to Muscogee County Emergency Manager.
The Webber’s Falls Lock & Dam staff, in coordination with Tulsa District Water Managers, ensured all tainter gates were fully elevated in order to minimize damage in advance of the barge strike. However, at this time submerged barge debris is obstructing three gates (7, 9 and 10) from being able to fully close.
Tulsa District Operations Division leaders are coordinating with the barge owner (Oakley) to coordinate the salvage operation to remove debris from Lock and Dam #16. Simultaneously, the Tulsa District Environmental Specialist produced and submitted the necessary environmental reports and is coordinating with Oakley, the U.S. Coast Guard and others on the spill response (1,500-tons of phosphate based, non-toxic, fertilizer).
Tulsa District engineers were immediately deployed to the structure to inspect the integrity of the dam. Initial observations are that the structural damage is minimal. We found no integrity issues that make us concerned that it will not perform as designed. We will continue to monitor and assess the dam as water conditions change. A copy of our assessment will be provided to Muscogee County Emergency Manager.

5:08 p.m.

LIST: Oklahoma highway closures May 23
5:08 p.m.
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LIST: Oklahoma highway closures May 23
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on H.R. 2157, which includes supplemental funding for flooding and tornado damage caused by severe storms in Oklahoma and across the Midwest this week:
5 p.m.
“Today’s vote is important for many Oklahomans as we endure a long stretch of severe storm damage across the state,” said Lankford. “The bill includes necessary funding to aid those who were already impacted by storms and the thousands more who are now watching flood waters rise. In the future, Congress should include additional annual funding into the annual FEMA budget to make disaster assistance more transparent and predictable.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following statement on H.R. 2157, which includes supplemental funding for flooding and tornado damage caused by severe storms in Oklahoma and across the Midwest this week:
On Wednesday, Lankford spoke on the Senate floor [lankford.senate.gov] about the storms that hit Oklahoma on Monday and Tuesday. On Friday, May 24, Lankford plans to tour the areas impacted by flooding and storms in Tulsa County.
“Today’s vote is important for many Oklahomans as we endure a long stretch of severe storm damage across the state,” said Lankford. “The bill includes necessary funding to aid those who were already impacted by storms and the thousands more who are now watching flood waters rise. In the future, Congress should include additional annual funding into the annual FEMA budget to make disaster assistance more transparent and predictable.”

4:59 p.m.

I40 is now back open from MM 287 to MM 297.
Both eastbound lanes and westbound lanes are open.
Be advised traffic is moving slowly at this time.
Some units are still on scene for traffic control.
Both eastbound lanes and westbound lanes are open.
4:28 p.m.
Some units are still on scene for traffic control.
Tulsa Greenwaste and Recycling Update, 4:15 p.m.
4:28 p.m.
Cleanup continues after an EF-1 tornado damaged parts of North Tulsa Tuesday morning.
Tulsa Greenwaste and Recycling Update, 4:15 p.m.
The City of Tulsa currently has dumpsters for debris set along areas from Marshall to Pine streets and from Peoria to Delaware. These dumpsters are for storm debris only.
Cleanup continues after an EF-1 tornado damaged parts of North Tulsa Tuesday morning.
Greenwaste pickup is scheduled for Wed., May 29. Residents who live in the affected areas are encouraged to set their greenwaste within four feet of the curb, cut into pieces no more than five feet long. Only greenwaste will be collected, not storm debris, as storm debris should be placed in the dumpsters. Greenwaste must be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. Wed., May 29.
The City of Tulsa currently has dumpsters for debris set along areas from Marshall to Pine streets and from Peoria to Delaware. These dumpsters are for storm debris only.
If you live outside the affected area and would like help with storm damage cleanup, please contact the city at (918) 596-9777 and a supervisor will review your request.
Greenwaste pickup is scheduled for Wed., May 29. Residents who live in the affected areas are encouraged to set their greenwaste within four feet of the curb, cut into pieces no more than five feet long. Only greenwaste will be collected, not storm debris, as storm debris should be placed in the dumpsters. Greenwaste must be placed at the curb by 6 a.m. Wed., May 29.
Citywide Refuse and Recycling Update
If you live outside the affected area and would like help with storm damage cleanup, please contact the city at (918) 596-9777 and a supervisor will review your request.
Trash will be collected as roads are passable for Tulsa residents. From May 28 through June 1, the City will not collect recyclables due to the potential shortage of CNG due to operational challenges during the flooding event.
Citywide Refuse and Recycling Update
Beginning June 3, extra recycling that does not fit in the blue recycling cart can be placed next to the cart in a cardboard box or paper sack (extra recyclables cannot be placed is plastic bags).
Trash will be collected as roads are passable for Tulsa residents. From May 28 through June 1, the City will not collect recyclables due to the potential shortage of CNG due to operational challenges during the flooding event.
We ask residents to please be patient, for the safety of our residents and workers are our first priority.
Beginning June 3, extra recycling that does not fit in the blue recycling cart can be placed next to the cart in a cardboard box or paper sack (extra recyclables cannot be placed is plastic bags).
If residents have questions about normal trash and recycling pickup, please call 311.
We ask residents to please be patient, for the safety of our residents and workers are our first priority.
3:27 p.m.
If residents have questions about normal trash and recycling pickup, please call 311.
Army Corps of Engineers are undergoing a full, five-hour inspection of the Webbers Falls dam structure and the barges' debris situation. If they feel the debris isn't a threat to highway bridges downstream, they will re-open I-40 and Highway 64/100.
3:27 p.m.
3:04 p.m.
Army Corps of Engineers are undergoing a full, five-hour inspection of the Webbers Falls dam structure and the barges' debris situation. If they feel the debris isn't a threat to highway bridges downstream, they will re-open I-40 and Highway 64/100.
Starting at 3 p.m., officials will sound the flood warning sirens along the Arkansas River corridor. Sirens will go off every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. to alert residents to stay monitor conditions around them.
3:04 p.m.

Starting at 3 p.m., officials will sound the flood warning sirens along the Arkansas River corridor. Sirens will go off every 30 minutes until 9 p.m. to alert residents to stay monitor conditions around them.

2:52 p.m.
2:50 p.m.
City of Jenks flooding update
Tulsa residents in the following areas are urged to leave their homes due to rising flood waters: Candlestick Beach Areas south of Wekiwa Rd Town and Country Areas near the Tulsa Boy’s Home Meadow Valley Garden City Cherry Hill Wind River Areas South of 121st from the river to Sheridan
2:50 p.m.
2:44 p.m.
Tulsa residents in the following areas are urged to leave their homes due to rising flood waters: Candlestick Beach Areas south of Wekiwa Rd Town and Country Areas near the Tulsa Boy’s Home Meadow Valley Garden City Cherry Hill Wind River Areas South of 121st from the river to Sheridan
May 23, 2019 – The flooding and severe weather ravaging Oklahoma has critically impacted Oklahoma Blood Institute’s supply of lifesaving blood. Oklahoma Blood Institute is issuing a call to donors of all blood types to give blood as soon as possible, in order to prevent a blood shortage.
2:44 p.m.
Days of severe weather, tornadoes, and widespread flooding that is particularly affecting areas of northeastern and eastern Oklahoma along the Arkansas River, have all contributed to a sharp downturn in donations. Oklahoma Blood Institute depends on approximately 1,200 donors per day to maintain a robust blood supply; however, blood drive collections are at least two days behind due to numerous blood drive cancellations and weather concerns.
May 23, 2019 – The flooding and severe weather ravaging Oklahoma has critically impacted Oklahoma Blood Institute’s supply of lifesaving blood. Oklahoma Blood Institute is issuing a call to donors of all blood types to give blood as soon as possible, in order to prevent a blood shortage.

“This weather emergency is something we have not seen in our area for many years. Dozens of blood drives have been canceled or postponed, and many people are unable to keep their regular donation appointments. However, our local patients are still depending on blood,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The Oklahoma Standard of neighbor helping neighbor always shines through in difficult times. That’s why we’re calling on all healthy Oklahomans who have an hour of time to spare to give blood at their nearest donor center or mobile blood drive.”

Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, to donate blood as soon as they can. * To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777 or visit obi.org to see a list of mobile blood drives. Donors may also visit Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Tulsa donor center near 81st & Yale.
“This weather emergency is something we have not seen in our area for many years. Dozens of blood drives have been canceled or postponed, and many people are unable to keep their regular donation appointments. However, our local patients are still depending on blood,” said John Armitage, M.D., president and CEO of Oklahoma Blood Institute. “The Oklahoma Standard of neighbor helping neighbor always shines through in difficult times. That’s why we’re calling on all healthy Oklahomans who have an hour of time to spare to give blood at their nearest donor center or mobile blood drive.”
Volunteer donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.
Oklahoma Blood Institute encourages all Oklahomans, age 16 and older, to donate blood as soon as they can. * To schedule an appointment to give blood, call 1-877-340-8777 or visit obi.org to see a list of mobile blood drives. Donors may also visit Oklahoma Blood Institute’s Tulsa donor center near 81st & Yale.
Every two seconds, someone needs blood. One donation saves up to three lives. Patients rely on blood to survive an emergency injury or illness, or for ongoing treatment for cancer and other life-threatening diseases and conditions.
Volunteer donors with Oklahoma Blood Institute exclusively provide every drop of blood needed for patients in more than 160 hospitals, medical facilities and air ambulances statewide.
Oklahoma Blood Institute has developed “Thank the Donor™,” a unique web application that allows blood recipients to send messages of appreciation, photos, or videos to their individual blood donors. To view messages from patients who are given hope, health, and healing through blood donation, please visit www.drawing-together.org to see their heartfelt appreciations.
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Look for updates on this alert on Oklahoma Blood Institute’s social media platforms. More information about Oklahoma Blood Institute can be found at obi.org.
Oklahoma Blood Institute has developed “Thank the Donor™,” a unique web application that allows blood recipients to send messages of appreciation, photos, or videos to their individual blood donors. To view messages from patients who are given hope, health, and healing through blood donation, please visit www.drawing-together.org to see their heartfelt appreciations.

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Locust Grove – The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the cable which holds the warning buoys in place across the floodgates at Robert S. Kerr Dam (Lake Hudson) near Locust Grove broke Thursday morning (May 23).
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Due to this, it is critically important that any watercraft that might be on the Lake Hudson stay well clear of Robert S. Kerr Dam and that area of Lake Hudson.
Locust Grove – The Grand River Dam Authority is reporting that the cable which holds the warning buoys in place across the floodgates at Robert S. Kerr Dam (Lake Hudson) near Locust Grove broke Thursday morning (May 23).
Heavy inflows into the lake, combined with a current discharge rate of nearly 189,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water through the dam, are creating a dangerous high flow rate of water in the lake, especially in areas near the dam. With any mechanical failure of a watercraft in the area near the dam, the current will pull a craft through the open gates.
Due to this, it is critically important that any watercraft that might be on the Lake Hudson stay well clear of Robert S. Kerr Dam and that area of Lake Hudson.
Even at times of normal lake conditions, it is important to always keep your watercraft at a safe distance from all hydroelectric facilities. Be mindful of buoys, signs and sirens which are in place to help keep you safe by restricting access to certain areas and warning you when floodgate or generation operations may be occurring.
Heavy inflows into the lake, combined with a current discharge rate of nearly 189,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) of water through the dam, are creating a dangerous high flow rate of water in the lake, especially in areas near the dam. With any mechanical failure of a watercraft in the area near the dam, the current will pull a craft through the open gates.
For the latest information on floodgate operations and lake conditions on GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, follow GRDA’s Facebook page or visit grda.com. If you have an emergency on the water, call 911. The GRDA Police Department’s non-emergency number is (918) 256 0911.
Even at times of normal lake conditions, it is important to always keep your watercraft at a safe distance from all hydroelectric facilities. Be mindful of buoys, signs and sirens which are in place to help keep you safe by restricting access to certain areas and warning you when floodgate or generation operations may be occurring.
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For the latest information on floodgate operations and lake conditions on GRDA’s Grand and Hudson lakes, follow GRDA’s Facebook page or visit grda.com. If you have an emergency on the water, call 911. The GRDA Police Department’s non-emergency number is (918) 256 0911.
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