Torrents lead to Tulsa-area high water rescues

Posted at 8:19 AM, Jun 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-07 09:19:49-04

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Latest on flash flooding in Oklahoma (all times local):

8:45 p.m.

Almost 4 inches (100 millimeters) of rain per hour caused widespread street flooding in the Tulsa area, leading to multiple stalled vehicles and high-water rescues.

No injuries have been reported after the Thursday afternoon storm.

The torrents came after the flooded Arkansas River had receded from its record high levels. Keystone Lake, upstream from Tulsa, had fallen more than 4 feet (1.22 meters) from its high levels before the rains arrived.

Most of the flooding was concentrated around midtown and northern Tulsa.


6:10 p.m.

Storm-weary Oklahoma and Arkansas are seeing another round of severe weather that has flooded roadways.

The National Weather Service reports more than 3 inches (7.6 centimeters) of rain fell in Tulsa on Thursday, days after water from the swollen Arkansas River started receding. A flash flood warning was in effect downriver in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Forecasters don't expect the rain to raise water levels higher than where they crested.

The same storm system dumped to 1.5 inches (3.8 centimeters) of rain in 30 minutes in Oklahoma City. Firefighters reported rescuing stranded motorists in at least a dozen different spots there.

This latest band of storms follows bouts of severe weather that killed at least six people in Oklahoma, including two when a tornado ripped through a mobile home park in El Reno.

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