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Sand Springs, Okmulgee flooding updates

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Posted at 12:22 PM, May 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-22 13:22:00-04

Officials in various towns across Green Country are sending about updates about flooding and evacuations in the area.

Sand Springs officials say they expect portions of the Meadow Valley neighborhood and potentially others, to flood. Highway 51 near 137th West Avenue will likely flood, making driving in the area impossible.

The flooding event is expected to last several days.

The city of Sand Springs declared an emergency disaster proclamation on Tuesday night, to help with getting emergency services to citizens. Monitor the City of Sand Springs Facebook page for updates.

The Okmulgee County Sheriff's Office is also strongly encouraging some residents to begin evacuation preparations. Read full news release below:

The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office along with Okmulgee County Emergency Management are strongly encouraging residents that live within a half a mile of Duck Creek and Snake Creek in Northeast Okmulgee County and the Deep Fork River in Southern Okmulgee County to begin their evacuation preparations as water levels are expected to rise to record levels.

Based on recent predictions received the amount of water that is being released at the Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River will also affect Duck Creek and Snake Creek which flow into that river. The areas strongly affected will be Hectorville Rd.(221st St.) North to Adams Rd. (211th St.) and from 250 Rd (Yale Ave) to Bixby Rd. (Memorial Dr.). Other areas of great concern will be Bixby Rd. (Memorial Dr.) south to Hwy. 16.

Residents in the area of Dentonville Rd. in Beggs as well as Sharpe Rd. in Okmulgee are expected to be effected by flooding from the Deep Fork River.

It is very important to know that even though all area may not flood many residents could find themselves trapped with no means of escape due to road flooding.

We are currently making contact with the Red Cross to establish shelter locations for those affected. Those locations will be released as soon as they are determined.

The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office would also like to remind all citizens of the costly fines and/or jail time associated with driving around, moving or destroying a road closed barricade. Please take the extra travel time to avoid flooded areas.

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