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Officials warn those in low-lying areas of Washington County after dams open

Posted at 5:26 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 18:49:27-04

Washington County Emergency Management says anyone in low-lying areas need to evacuate due to rising waters.

The dams at Hulah and Copan Lakes opened this afternoon because water was overflowing. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the goal is to maintain a 16-foot level in Bartlesville, but it topped 17.5 feet about noon on Tuesday.

The release “should allow the river to crest at 19 feet and recede to the target of 16 feet,” emergency management says.

Officials say the 2007 flood crest was 21.5 feet and the 1986 crest was 27.7 feet.

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