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Update on conditions at Lake Tenkiller, Illinois River

Posted at 11:20 AM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 13:38:46-04

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce is providing an update on flooding impacts in the area after they say the historic flooding that hit the state left residents feeling confused about the safety of the water, and wondering which businesses are open.

The Grand River Dam Authority says that if there is no additional rainfall in the Illinois River watershed, good conditions are expected this weekend.

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Lake Tenkiller is open, officials said, after an earlier news release suggested it was closed. The easiest way to get on the lake is for people who already have a boat at a marina, as some ramps are underwater.

Businesses on a marina are open, but it is advised to call ahead to confirm.

Cabin lodging around Lake Tenkiller remains open, and tent and RV and camping spaces are open but limited.

Officials urge everyone to practice the "turn around, don't drown" approach, when dealing with water on roads. People are urged to avoid crossing barricades in the area.

For more information about Tahlequah, Illinois River or Lake Tenkiller, call the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce at 918-456-3742 or visit our website at

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