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Severe weather blog: May 24

Posted: 8:15 AM, May 24, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-24 23:09:28Z
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Tracking all the latest flooding impacts across Green Country as well as the potential for severe storms:

6:03 p.m.

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Bartlesville High School Commencement will be indoors.

Shuttle buses will still run from the Phillips lot downtown to BHS, dropping off at the Bruin Field House The shuttles began at 6 p.m but the doors at BHS will not open until 7 p.m. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

5:40 p.m.

River Spirit Casino will remain closed until water levels recede

3:49 p.m.:

USS Batfish now protected and secure after drifting slightly away from park

3:34 p.m.

Watch: Update on flooding in Muskogee County

3:15 p.m.

Governor extends State of Emergency to all 77 Oklahoma counties

3:05 p.m.

SAND SPRINGS: Keystone Chevrolet serving as drop off point for disaster relief donations. Keystone Chevrolet is helping our Neighbors in Need during this devastating disaster. Starting today, Keystone Chevrolet will be a drop off point for donations. At this time they are accepting these items: cases of water, cleaning supplies (i.e. mops, brooms, buckets, rubber gloves...) personal hygiene supplies, and snack foods.

Keystone Chevrolet is matching every cash donation collected and will give to Neighbors Along The Line, a local organization who serves those in the most need.

"Our thoughts and Prayers go out to those affected by the current flooding" said Mike Frizell, Managing Owner of Keystone Chevrolet. "Oklahoman's stand together when ever disaster strikes, we want to stand strong and help where we can".

3:02 p.m.

Fort Gibson police:

We have been advised that the water levels from the Arkansas River are expected to continue rising. As a result the Cherokee Nation Emergency Management are recommending evacuations of any residents that reside west of Lee Street. This is precautionary and for public safety. If you are within this area and decide to evacuate and have no place to go the Cresent Valley Church on E. HWY 62 is open as an emergency shelter. We will attempt to keep updates coming as the information is put out.

2:50 p.m.

How to receive flood assistance, and how to volunteer or contribute to those in need

2:12 p.m.

PHOTOS: Flooding impacts across Oklahoma May 24

12:51 p.m.

FLOODING AND SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE

As a result of severe weather and flooding impacts across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services - Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department State Parks Division, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management continues to ask residents impacted by the recent storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov or by calling 211. Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Residents can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey.

LOCAL REPORTS

Beaver County Emergency Management reports damaged homes and power outages after a tornado struck the area last night.

Lincoln County Emergency Management is assisting at the Wagoner County EOC.

Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a mandatory evacuation order is still in place for Webbers Falls. Parts of Ft. Gibson remain under a voluntary evacuation order. Water rescues are ongoing in the Bayou area of Muskogee County. Power is out in the Okay, Fort Gibson, and Braggs areas.

Ottawa County Emergency Management reports flooded schools in Wyandotte.

Stillwater Emergency Management reports damage assessments have been postponed due to the threat of incoming weather.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency reports close to 1,100 residents in the Tulsa area have been impacted from the flooding event due to evacuations. This includes residents in Tulsa County and the cities of Sand Springs and Jenks. The latest updates are available at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/press-room/ [cityoftulsa.org].

Wagoner County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations in Wagoner County all low-lying areas near the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers.

INJURIES

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 83 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports one fatality in Payne County is attributed to flooding.

MASS CARE

American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open due to high water:

Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa

First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami

Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee

Church on the Word, 1511 Culwell Rd, Warner

Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3700 Woodland Road, Bartlesville

Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool

American Red Cross is also supporting families in Beaver County.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is providing 150 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center.

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is calling for certified animal response volunteers to care for displaced animals in Tulsa County. An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is also coordinating with the American Red Cross to support shelter needs in Tulsa, Muskogee, Warner and Fort Gibson.

Okfuskee County Health Department staff provided tetanus shots to community members.

STATE, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working on the east side of the Arkansas River to support Muskogee County Emergency Management.

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veterans that have been impacted by the recent weather may be eligible for a Financial Grant. Visit their website at okvets.ok.gov and click on the "get help" tab to find a service officer or location near you to assist. You can also call 918-781-7766 or 405-523-4000 to locate a service office or location near you.

Oklahoma National Guard is working to ensure the USS Batfish is secured as water levels rise. They were deployed to Muskogee County last night to build a berm around the Fort Gibson/Muskogee Water Plant.

Oklahoma State Department of Health staff have been deployed to support the Muskogee County EOC, the Cherokee Nation EOC, and the Wagoner County EOC.

Civil Air Patrol is facilitating an aerial damage assessment from I-40 to Keystone Dam at the request of the United States Army Corps of Engineers.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol delivered 20 rolls of tarps for impacted homes to Delaware County Emergency Management.

US Army Corp of Engineers is assisting Rogers County Emergency Management with 10,000 sand bags.

UTILITIES

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 4,383 power outages statewide.

OG&E – Total: 3,352 (Fort Gibson)

PSO – Total: 881

Mayes: 816

Tulsa: 26

Delaware: 24

Scattered small outages in the following counties:

Comanche, Latimer, McCurtain, Rogers, Stephens, Wagoner, and Washington

COOPERATIVES (by county)

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 79

Delaware: 38

Mayes: 38

Ottawa: 3

Northwestern Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 71

Beaver: 54

Ellis: 4

Harper: 12

Woodward: 1

ROAD CLOSURES

Oklahoma Department of Transportation is discouraging travel in flood-impacted parts of the state this weekend.

The following highways are closed until further notice due to flooding:

• Beckham County - The I-40 southern service road (old Route 66) at MM19 is closed for extended repairs due to road damage

• Cherokee County - SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake; SH-80 is closed near the Canyon Rd. access area just north of Fort Gibson

• Cotton County - SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70

• Delaware County - SH-127 is closed near Jay just west of US-59 due to a damaged drainage structure

• Johnston County - SH-48A is closed to through traffic between the SH-48 junction in Coleman and SH-7 in Milburn due to a damaged construction detour

• Kay County - US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa

• Logan County - SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage from flooding

• Love County - SH-77-Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway

• Mayes County - SH-82 is closed at Grand River south of Langley

• Muskogee County - All lanes of I-40 and SH-100 are now OPEN over the Arkansas River near the Muskogee/Sequoyah County line. Drivers are urged to be alert to crews monitoring the river area and to use caution as traffic adjusts in these corridors. Travel is still discouraged in this area as flooding conditions continue to rapidly change; SH-10 is closed two miles east of the US-62 junction near Fort Gibson; US-62 is closed between SH-80 near Fort Gibson and SH-165 in Muskogee; SH-104 is closed at Coal Creek near Haskell

• Noble County - SH-156 is closed between Marland and US-60/US-177 in Kay County

• Nowata County - SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah due to damage to a drain from flooding; SH-28 is closed between US-60 and US-169

• Ottawa County - SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami; US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69; SH-10 is closed between US-69 to one mile east of the SH-69A junction in Miami; SH-69A is closed 1.5 miles north of SH-10 near Miami; US-69 is closed between SH-125 and US-59/SH-10

• Tulsa County - SH-11 is OPEN from 76th St. North to 156th St. North., drivers should still use caution as crews remain the area; SH-51 is closed just west of SH-97 near Sand Springs

• Wagoner County - SH-16 is closed near the Muskogee Turnpike just north of Muskogee; SH-16 is closed northwest of Okay; SH-72 is closed from East 201st south to just north of the Arkansas River bridge

• Washington County - SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey.

For official information about highway closures due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation posts updates in the Traffic Advisory section of www.odot.org [odot.org]. An interactive map showing highway conditions and closures can be found at www.okroads.org [okroads.org].

HOW TO HELP – DONATION INFORMATION

When disaster strikes, the best way to support survivors of emergencies or disasters in Oklahoma is with cash donations to reputable voluntary organizations. Cash donations allow relief organizations or survivors to purchase what they need, when and where they need it. Buying supplies locally helps the local community recover by helping local businesses pay salaries and by keeping tax revenues in the community.

Do not send additional items unless specifically requested by a local community. Do not send unsolicited donations of used clothing, miscellaneous items or perishable foods, which must be sorted, warehoused, transported and distributed. This requires more efforts and staffing to manage those resources and takes away from recovery efforts.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

A State of Emergency remains in effect for 66 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began in April. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, and Woods.

DIAL 211

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.

12:40 p.m.

Due to sloppy and limited floodplain parking at Bartlesville High School, guests at the Class of 2019 Commencement this evening are urged to park in the main ConocoPhillips/Phillips parking lot west of the railroad tracks downtown and ride shuttle buses to and from the high school.

12:25 p.m.

Watch: Mullin, Hern hold news conference after touring flooding

11:20 a.m.

Tulsa mayor says parents that let kids play in the river 'ought to be ashamed' of themselves - FULL STORY

11 a.m.

Bixby, OK. May 24, 2019 – Evacuation Update. Water levels have stabilized at the current 250,000k cfs release rates from Keystone.

The City is continuing to monitor local conditions, however Emergency Management has lifted previously recommended evacuations issued for areas unaffected by street closures. Residents need to remain prepared and vigilant in the event there are any changes in local conditions.

The following streets will remain closed until further notice:

Riverview is closed from Jefferson to Park Lane

Keas Road is closed

151st is closed from Riverview to Mingo

Mingo is closed from 151st to 161st

161st is closed from Mingo to Garnett

Garnett is closed from Hwy 64 to 161st

10:56 p.m.

Sand bags now available to the public in Tulsa

10:41 a.m.

WATER ALERT

We are helping spreading the word for Ottawa County Emergency Management, and the town of Wyandotte. The water has gone over the dam in Wyandotte and is starting to flood the school. They are asking people to stay out of the area and avoid the flood waters.
10:12 a.m.
10:12 a.m.
Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Update – 10 a.m.
Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Update – 10 a.m.
(TULSA, OK) – The Army Corps of Engineers continues to release 250,000 cubic feet of water per second from Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River and this level is expected to hold steady through Sunday, May 26.
(TULSA, OK) – The Army Corps of Engineers continues to release 250,000 cubic feet of water per second from Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River and this level is expected to hold steady through Sunday, May 26.
As of this morning, close to 1,100 Tulsa residents have been impacted from the flooding event due to evacuations based on rising flooding levels. In Sand Springs, close to 400 are impacted, Tulsa County - 320 and in Jenks - 15. In neighborhoods west of the Arkansas River, self-evacuations and two neighborhoods were evacuated. PSO is working with affected areas on any disconnections.
As of this morning, close to 1,100 Tulsa residents have been impacted from the flooding event due to evacuations based on rising flooding levels. In Sand Springs, close to 400 are impacted, Tulsa County - 320 and in Jenks - 15. In neighborhoods west of the Arkansas River, self-evacuations and two neighborhoods were evacuated. PSO is working with affected areas on any disconnections.
City of Tulsa worked overnight to make sandbags available for residents on a first come first served basis at the ORU Mabee Center parking lot on the northeast corner of 81st and Lewis.
City of Tulsa worked overnight to make sandbags available for residents on a first come first served basis at the ORU Mabee Center parking lot on the northeast corner of 81st and Lewis.
It is highly recommended that all people who live near the Arkansas River pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary.
It is highly recommended that all people who live near the Arkansas River pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary.
All residents should stay out of the water, adhere to traffic diversions, and maintain a close watch on children. The Tulsa Police Department has already had to remove people from the areas along the Arkansas River, especially near Tulsa River Parks and the River Parks Trail.
All residents should stay out of the water, adhere to traffic diversions, and maintain a close watch on children. The Tulsa Police Department has already had to remove people from the areas along the Arkansas River, especially near Tulsa River Parks and the River Parks Trail.
Road and Location Closures
Road and Location Closures

There are several road closures throughout the Tulsa metro:
• 1100 S. 61st W. Ave closed
• 1100 S. 61st W. Ave closed
• 37 W. Guthrie Ave closed
• 37 W. Guthrie Ave closed
• S Indian Rd. closed
• S Indian Rd. closed
• 4200 S. Riverside open
• 3900 S. Riverside open

• 1300 S Riverside closed

• 1200 S. 49th W. Ave. open

• 3700-4100 S. Elwood closed

• 3300-5100 S. Elwood closed

• 8800 N. Mohawk Blvd. closed

• Aquarium Place, 196th St. Bridge

• River Parks along Riverside Dr. is closed and no electricity is available along River Parks.

• Segment of Oklahoma State Highway 51 at 137th W. Ave. east towards Hwy 97

Use caution when approaching barricades and do not drive around them. The barricades are used to close areas of the road that present hazards from water overtopping the surface. Cars may be swept away in just two inches of water. Turn around. Don’t Drown.

Shelters and Donations

Two evacuation shelters are in place - the first is at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place and there is an additional shelter at Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool. ADA service animals can be taken to the Crosstown shelter location. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels.

This morning, Tulsa Animal Welfare (TAW) employees, volunteers, the Humane Society of Tulsa and Tulsa SPCA worked together to load 100 animals from the TAW shelter to move them to Idaho for adoption. The transfer of these animals makes room at the shelter to take in another 100 stray animals that are displaced as a result of flooding in the Tulsa area over the next few days. TAW staff will work to re-unite the animals with owners or find new homes for them. The transportation is the result of a donation.

Residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to this flooding event or evacuations can call 211, 211 is also equipped to take damage assessments and answer questions about donations to those affected by the floods.

Education and Safety

• Prepare immediately for evacuations.

• If you leave your home, take all electric precautions by switching off the main breaker to electricity and disconnect any emergency power system, like generators.

• Have a packed bag with prescriptions and clothing for a multiple-day period

• Charge your cell phones and place them in low-power mode, put valuables in a higher place, bring your pets with you

• Leave your home with important identification for you and any members of your family and take videos/pictures of your home for insurance purposes

• If you are an evacuee or someone you know is evacuated and requires home health care and/or in-home hospice care, you need to let your health care agency know where you are sheltering so you can continue to receive services.

• It is important to have a two-week supply of prescription medication on hand and ready if/when you evacuated. In addition, have copies of all prescription medication with dosage, prescribing doctor, and pharmacy. This includes mental health medications. Communicate this message with those in your life who may need assistance with this.

• Communicate with members of your family who need to take these precautions but have physical limitations that may prevent them from doing so.

• For safety’s sake, assume that any downed utility line is energized with deadly electric current. Stay away from the line and do not touch it with anything. Report it to PSO at 1-888-218-3919.

Stay Updated on the Flooding Event

Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit www.cityoftulsa.org [protect-us.mimecast.com] for updates. Live feeds from news conferences are available on the City of Tulsa Gov Facebook.

The City of Tulsa website has a Google translator that can translate all web pages in more than 121 languages. The City of Tulsa is also adding translations of this briefing in various languages to the City’s Facebook page when available.

All maps for the flooding event can be found at: www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps [protect-us.mimecast.com]

10:03 a.m.

Juneteenth Carnival officials confirm that the carnival has been canceled. They will reschedule.

Juneteenth Carnival officials confirm that the carnival has been canceled. They will reschedule.
9:55 a.m.

Slight risk of severe storms developing this afternoon, NWS says

9:30 p.m.

LIST: Oklahoma highway closures May 24

9:12 a.m.

Story: Keystone Dam releasing highest level of water in 30 years

8:23 a.m.

City of Tulsa officials are making sandbags available to Tulsa residents for use in protecting their property from floodwaters. The sandbags are free, and located in the ORU Mabee Center parking lot. The city began giving the sandbags away at 11 p.m. on Thursday night, and they are available on a first come first served basis.

8:15 a.m.

Tulsa Updated street status as of 7:30 a.m.

1100 S. 61st W. Ave closed

37 W. Guthrie Ave closed

S Indian Rd. closed

4200 S. Riverside open

3900 S. Riverside open

1300 S Riverside closed

1200 S. 49th W. Ave. open

3700-4100 S. Elwood closed

3300-5100 S. Elwood closed

8800 N. Mohawk Blvd. closed

8:14 a.m.

The Tulsa Area Management Agency (TAEMA), Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and other city and county officials will host a news conference at 10 a.m. in the Compstat Room at 600 Civic Center for an update on the flooding situation in the Tulsa metro.

The Tulsa Area Management Agency (TAEMA), Oklahoma Senator James Lankford and other city and county officials will host a news conference at 10 a.m. in the Compstat Room at 600 Civic Center for an update on the flooding situation in the Tulsa metro.
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