Floodwaters ravage Muskogee County

Posted at 9:52 PM, Dec 27, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-27 22:52:12-05

Several People across Green Country are displaced from their homes after floodwaters have taken over streets and even neighborhoods Sunday evening. 

In the past 24 hours, Muskogee has seen several water rescues, and voluntarily evacuations from homes throughout town. And with no sign of rain stopping anytime soon, many residents and county officials are fearing the worst. 

"This is Oklahoma, so you never know," said Muskogee resident Kyla Clay. 

Clay spent Sunday afternoon packing for her mother, all while outside the home she spent Christmas in continues to rise.

"There was about five firefighters who came and knocked on the door and they wanted them out because the water was flowing into the carport," she said. "It's just been kinda crazy, we're just here to get our valuables now."

Clay's family home- just one that's been flooded before. But residents say this rain is different. 

"We'd see smaller stuff, but this is an exception to the rule," said resident Oscar Rhodes. "As far as rainfall, this is the worst I've seen."

Officials say the storm couldn't have come at a worse time for Muskogee County. While the county continues to bounce back from a historically rain spring, this weekend's weather was a big blow. 

"We still have FEMA reps here from the prior disasters that happened months and months ago so we've has millions of dollars in damage in Muskogee County already, said Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke. "We had most of the problems fixed, and this is going to undo a lot of that. 

But Commissioner Doke says that it's safety that's the priority right now. 

"A big thanks to emergency responders for risking their lives to make sure we get people out of the water and home to their families safe," he said.

Leaving those families to pray their home will be there after the water recedes.

"That's my mother's home. That's where I grew half of my life...and my kids...that's Mimi's house so we just hope and pray for the best," said Clay. 

Once Governor Mary Fallin's disaster declaration has been approved on the federal level, Muskogee County along with other counties in the state will receive assistance to clean up washed out roads and damaged buildings within the next few months.