National Weather Service urging drivers to ‘Turn Around Don't Drown' ahead of more rain

Posted at 6:35 PM, Apr 20, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-21 09:39:59-04

TULSA -- Meteorologists are predicting more rain for Northeast Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service says the more rain increases the chances of flash flooding and closed roads.

One of those trouble spots for flash flooding is 81st and Elwood in Tulsa.

Crews already placed road closed and high water signs at the intersection.

The National Weather Service Office in Tulsa is spreading the word across Oklahoma, ‘Turn Around Don’t Drown’.

Nicole McGavock, Service Hydrologist with the National Weather Service said drivers need to be on alert when it starts to rain.

“We’ve been in drought conditions for quite awhile and so we haven’t been seeing these heavy rainfalls recently and people tend to forget what happens and forget that they need to slow down. They need to be paying attention to the water over the roadways and to not drive into high water,” said McGavock.

The National Weather Service said flash flooding can still happen hours after a major rain event.

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