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Severe weather live blog May 26

Posted at 8:39 AM, May 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-26 19:36:08-04

Tracking the latest in storm and flooding developments on May 26 across Green Country.

5:57 p.m.

Sapulpa Police urge residents to conserve water

5:21 p.m.

Keystone Lake will increase flow to 265 ft.³ per second and then later to 275 ft.³ per second. This will begin in the next few hours.

4:56 p.m.

Team coverage of storm damage throughout the area:
Tornado damage in Sapulpa
TAEMA Storm Damage Update
Cleanup underway after violent Sapulpa storm
Overnight storms slam Broken Arrow

2:46 p.m.

2:16 p.m.

Tree debris drop off

You can take your green waste to the Tulsa Mulch Site near Pine and North 145th East Avenue. There may be some fees with dropping off at the site. Please call 918-596-2100 for more details.

10:25 a.m.

The power lines that came down early this a.m. across the Creek Turnpike between Elm and Highway 75 should be cleared away very soon. It should allow the turnpike to re-open in the area shortly.

10:15 a.m.

City of El Reno tornado relief fund

10:07 a.m.

TAEMA Emergency Operations Update

As it stands currently, the Army Corps of Engineers will release 250,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) from Keystone Dam through Thursday, May 30 due to the rain overnight. With more severe weather expected this week, officials will continue to monitor the outflow and duration of the Keystone Dam. The Arkansas River flooding event is staying relatively stable, but erosion and undercutting due to ground saturation is occurring. The River Parks Trail system along River Parks is closed.

With the tornado that moved through the Tulsa metro last night, there are downed trees and power lines in the Tulsa area. 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 downed wires to PSO at 1-888-218-3919.

Shelters and Donations
There are now three evacuation shelters in place - Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place, Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool and Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St. ADA service animals can be taken to the shelter locations. 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. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.

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.

Levee A and B Update

Currently, the levees are working as they should and there have been no levee breaches at this time. With the volume of water being discharged through the levee system, seepage around the levees are normal, but first responders continue to monitor the levees around the clock in the event of a potential levee compromise.

Evacuation and contingency plans should be in place for residents that live near Levee A, south of the Keystone Expressway/Hwy412, east of River City Park Rd. and west of 65th W. Ave. For residents that live near Levee B, between 65th W. Ave. to Newblock Park and south of Keystone Expressway/Hwy412.

Residents should begin to prepare for a possible voluntary evacuation and remain vigilant to this evolving situation. If a breach occurs, a message will be broadcast over the emergency alert system. It is highly recommended that all residents who live near Levees A and B pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary as a levee comprise would inundate the areas quickly.

Levee maps can be found at: []

Arkansas River Flooding Update

Residents are advised to stay away from floodwater and standing waters as they can be dangerous. Tulsa Police are patrolling neighborhoods that have already been evacuated in the Tulsa city limits to thwart looters and keep homes secure.

Those returning to their homes where the power was disconnected are advised to call an electrician for the inspection of weather heads and for any repairs.

Current sand bag locations in the Tulsa metro are:

Tulsa – Oral Roberts University Mabee Center parking lot, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., open 24/7

Jenks – Jenks Softball Field, 1701 N. Birch St.

For the Jenks location, bags are available to fill, but the public is responsible to bring their own shovel(s). The weekend hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Stay Updated on the Flooding Event

Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit [] for updates. Live feeds from news conferences are available on the City of Tulsa Gov Facebook.

The City of Tulsa will update the website for updated road closures.

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: []

10:02 a.m.

River Parks trails between 11th and 96th Streets closed because of flooding and storm damage.

9:29 a.m.

TAEMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT UPDATE: There is not a news conference scheduled for today. News releases and social media updates will continue throughout the day with updates.

9:06 a.m.

Flash Flood Watch for Osage, Washington, Nowata, Craig and Ottawa County in OK until 1:00pm Sunday.

8:57 a.m.

At peak of power outages overnight, 31,000 customers out.

Now- 7,700 in Tulsa metro area

8:40 a.m.

From Nowata Water Plant:

• The water has now receded an inch or two.

• The plant is now under normal operation, and the water is safe to drink.

• The water had risen so high, it had almost made contact with the electrical boxes.

• If the water rises again, which is a possibility, they may have to shut down again.

8:38 a.m.
Sapulpa hit by possible tornado, storms cause damage across Green Country

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