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Sand Springs neighborhood urged to voluntarily evacuate

Posted at 9:28 PM, May 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-21 23:19:04-04

SAND SPRINGS, Okla. -- Residents in the Meadow Valley subdivision are being encouraged by police to voluntarily evacuate, in preparation for flooding.

"Been packing up stuff, stuff we can’t take with us we’ve been putting up on beds and stuff," said Trey Owens, a Meadow Valley resident who's evacuating.

Creeks connected to the Arkansas River lie at high levels behind the homes. While some residents are staying put, others aren't taking any chances.

"Food, medication, bedding, because we’re planning on going to a hotel while this happens," said Owens.

David Allen lives near 151st and Memorial in Bixby, which city officials say is one of the four areas of concern in the county for flooding, and potential evacuations.

"We’re concerned, we’re going to kind of watch it, I’m not planning on leaving unless it gets so deep I can’t drive out," said Allen.

Allen says he went through the 1986 flood where his basement was filled with water, so they are familiar with how to prepare.

"Get everything out of my basement upstairs, I'm trying to sand bag and get the doors sealed off down here and just hope for the best," said Allen.

Oklahoma Natural Gas crews were out in the Meadow Valley subdivision Tuesday evening shutting off gas service as a precaution.

If you leave your home, Tulsa Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at Crosspoint Church of Christ at 3400 East Admiral,.

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