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Low-lying areas of Wagoner County under voluntary evacuation as river levels rise

Posted: 1:16 PM, May 25, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-25 14:19:48-04
Wagoner County road closure

Wagoner County Emergency Management states that a voluntary evacuation remains in effect for low-laying areas near the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers. Levels are rising for the Verdigris River and additional flooding impacts are expected in the county.

The civil emergency message, relayed through the National Weather Service in Tulsa, warns that impacts are expected in communities including Oak Grove, Okay and Wybark.

Residents in this area should act now to evacuate from low-lying areas and stay away from river banks.

A shelter for evacuees is open at Coweta High School at 14607 South 305th E Avenue.

The southbound right lane of U.S. Highway 69 has been closed from State Highway 51B to the Arkansas River Bridge due to flooding, according to a Facebook post by the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office. Southbound traffic is being re-routed to the Muskogee Turnpike. The sheriff's office advises drivers to use caution when driving in the area or take an alternate route.

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