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Sand Springs residents preparing to evacuate

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Posted at 4:54 PM, May 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-25 17:54:40-04

Officials are urging residents that live in neighborhoods near Sand Springs levees to prepare for a possible voluntary evacuation.

Two hundred fifty thousand cubic feet per second of water will continue to flow from the Keystone Dam, the Arkansas River level is threatening Levees A and B.

For those on the other side in the shaded areas, neighbors are reacting to the possible evacuations in a few ways.

Some have already packed up and left, checking in to motels or moving in with friends and family.

Several are staying until they get the order to go. Some neighbors told us they're nervous about looters, others don't have insurance and want to guard what's theirs.

Many who are choosing to stay, already have everything packed up, living out of boxes and suitcases that they might have to take with them.

Judy Girkin tells us "we just don't know, it's very frustrating, but as long as they give us a ten minute warning I'm out the door and headed down the highway."

The Army National Guard has deployed dozens of troops to the levees.

Officials are concerned the extended river elevation could begin to saturate the levee, allowing water to seep through.

Which is what could eventually compromise the levees.

We are told by a couple in the neighborhood that the Army National Guard and Tulsa Fire Department have people walking the levee every hour.

Checking for seepage on this side of the levee, and constantly monitoring the situation.

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