TULSA — Tulsa police are driving around the Cherry Hill mobile home park at West 41st street and Elwood, alerting residents to evacuate.
We are seeing several people packing up their belongings and leaving because of potential flooding at the mobile home park, which sits along the Arkansas River. Also running perpendicular is Cherry Creek.
@TulsaPolice telling residents at Cherry Hill mobile home park at W 41st and S Elwood to evacuate because of potential flooding while sirens are sounding off “this is a serious situation” @KJRH2HD pic.twitter.com/ojzFrunyhy
— Laurene Callander (@laurene_kjrh) May 23, 2019
Officers are recommending residents evacuate over a loud speaker, saying this is a serious situation. If residents do not leave, emergency personnel may not be able to gain access to help if it floods.
For the most part, residents are listening, hauling their campers out of the park that sits along the Arkansas River.
With the Army Corps of Engineers increasing the release rate at the Keystone Dam this afternoon to more than 250,000 cubic feet per second, most residents aren’t taking any chances.
"Basically they’re all saying it’s going to flood so they’re not telling us to leave, we’re getting out because we don’t want everything flooded out and lose everything," said Anthony Bradley, who's evacuating in the area.
We’ve also been hearing the flood warning sirens sounding off in this area because of the increase in release rate at the dam.
If you do have to leave your home, Tulsa Red Cross set up an evacuation shelter at Crosstown Church of Christ and plan to open more.
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