BIXBY, Okla. — Neighborhoods in Bixby could get up to eight feet of water in the days ahead. Some streets are slowly thinning out as many families leave everything behind.
In one neighborhood, near 171st Street, about two-thirds of people are already gone.
The rest are watching the water rise this evening, but tell me they're ready to go at a moment's notice.
The Bixby Police Department has recommended evacuation for the following neighborhoods: (see below documentation with subdivision names, reference streets, and water depths estimations.
The 253,000 cubic feet of water being released down the Arkansas River every second is expected to hit this area of south Tulsa County around 8 p.m. Thursday evening.
Bixby police have recommended evacuations in multiple neighborhoods from Brooks Terrace to the Parkwood Apartments. Now, the city is working with emergency management to prepare for a release up to 305,000 cubic feet per second.
From there, they'll respond with the latest evacuation recommendations.
Homeowners say they're ready to go, but say leaving behind the house is like abandoning family.
"We've had so many memories here," Jerry Perez said. "This is a member of our family. This house put a roof over our head, our kitchen has cooked many meals for us, we've sat together at the dinner table many, many times. It's just like another person."
There are sandbags available at White Hawk golf course.
Right now Crosstown Church is acting as a shelter for Tulsa County, but the Red Cross is working on opening more.
And for evacuation routes, the city is recommending residents stick to Memorial Road north of 171st, west of memorial, as well as 151st street.
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