Very little letup in flooding in Oklahoma

 

A state of emergency remains in effect for all 77 counties in Oklahoma because of the flooding, severe storms and tornadoes.

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 118 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports six fatalities attributed to flooding and severe weather.

  • Female, 53 years old, Payne County
  • Female, 5 years old, Mayes County
  • Female, 59 years old, Mayes County
  • Male, 77 years old, Kay County
  • Female, 47 years old, Canadian County
  • Male, 54 years old, Canadian County

American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open:

  • Coweta High School, 14607 S. 305th E Ave, Coweta
  • Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool
  • First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami
  • Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland
  • Spiro Middle School, 600 W. Broadway St, Spiro
  • Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa (full)
  • First Baptist Church, 304 E. Hickory Ave, Fort Gibson
  • Grace Episcopal Church, 218 N. 6th, Muskogee

Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency has Emergency Housing Assistance available to Oklahoma families displaced by recent storms where their home has been left uninhabitable. OHFA provides grants of up to $1,500 for temporary hotel accommodations and/or security or utility deposits for more permanent housing. To apply for assistance, call (405) 419-8196 to leave a message on OHFA’s housing hotline for the disaster housing grant. Visit http://tinyurl.com/ohfahelp for updates and information on how you can meet with an OHFA representative for application assistance.

From now until June 14, 2019, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for muck-out, debris removal, and home cleanup from the recent statewide storms and flooding. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup and mucking out, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. The public may call 800-451-1954 to request help with storm and flooding related cleanup. Those requests will be shared with relief organizations at crisiscleanup.org. 

U-Haul companies of Oklahoma City and Tulsa are making 18 facilities available to extend 30 days of free self-storage to Oklahomans impacted by continued flooding across the state. People seeking additional information should contact the nearest participating U-Haul store location. To find a list of participating locations, visit http://myuhaulstory.com/2019/05/29/flood-relief-u-haul-offers-30-days-free-self-storage-across-oklahoma/.

Hay donations are needed to assist Oklahoma farmers and ranchers after the recent statewide flooding disaster. These donations are currently being accepted at the Muskogee Fairgrounds, located at 1444 S Cherokee St. in Muskogee. For questions or more information, please contact Rowdy Fewel at 918-261-6800.

A flood relief fund has been set up through the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation for Oklahoma Cattlemen affected by the ongoing flooding across the state. One hundred percent of the donated funds will be distributed to the affected cattlemen. Donate at https://www.okcattlemen.org/flood-relief-fund.

A Regional Coordination Center has been activated in Pittsburg County to support flooding in McIntosh, Haskell, and Le Flore Counties. Choctaw Nation has provided a sandbagging machine, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has provided game wardens and boats, and Rober S. Kerr powerhouse has provided 1,000 sandbags.

El Reno Emergency Management reports all residents have been placed in a hotel or apartment with one month rent and utilities taken care of. The distribution center for victims is located at the VFW, 1515 S. Rock Island Ave., El Reno. The site will close on Friday, May 31. Red Cross is providing cleanup kits and relief supplies, and is also doing casework with families.

Le Flore County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations are in place for campgrounds and RV parks along the Arkansas River.

Muskogee County Emergency Management reports numerous county roads are closed in areas along and near the Arkansas River. Voluntary evacuations are ongoing in Braggs, and the Oklahoma National Guard performed air evacuations for the town last Friday. Swift water rescue teams from Sequoyah County and Cherokee National Marshals are assisting with water rescues. Webbers Falls remains under a mandatory evacuation order and parts of Ft. Gibson are under a voluntary evacuation order. Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cherokee Nation, and local fire departments have teams in place for water rescues if needed. A road has been built between Muskogee and Braggs to allow emergency vehicles access to residents until waters recede. Supplies are being sent into Braggs via rail car. The Oklahoma Incident Management Team has been providing support in Muskogee since Monday.

Rogers County Emergency Management reports a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas along and near the Verdigris River in Rogers County. The Guymon swift water rescue taskforce is responding to water rescue missions as needed.

Sequoyah County Emergency Management reports flooding is extensive in Moffett, which is now completely evacuated. Water and power are out in Moffett, but operational across the rest of the county. Some roads are closed in low-lying areas.

Wagoner County Emergency Management reports a voluntary evacuation order remains in place for all low-lying areas near the Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers. Verdigris River levels are rising and flooding impacts are expected in communities including Oak Grove, Okay, and Wybark. Evacuees can shelter at Coweta High School. Calera Fire Swift Water Team is on site to assist as needed. Two Oklahoma National Guard personnel are at the county fairgrounds to lift sandbags into resident vehicles.

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps continues to support shelter operations in Tulsa, Muskogee, Cherokee, Wagoner and Le Flore Counties.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Marine Enforcement Division is supporting the refueling of tugboats at the Port of Muskogee. Troopers continue to assist with road closings along the river systems in eastern Oklahoma.

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Department of Transportation are warning the public against parking on highways and shoulders to take photos of flooding. This creates a dangerous situation for all drivers on the road in that area.

They continue to discourage travel in flood-impacted parts of the state.

The following highways are closed until further notice due to flooding:

 

Alfalfa County

  • SH-38 is closed between SH-11 and Nescatunga near the Great Salt Plains Lake.
  • SH-8B is closed from SH-8 west to Aline.

Beckham County

  • The I-40 southern service road (old Route 66) is closed at MM19 near Sayre for extended repairs due to road damage.

Cherokee County

  • SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake.
  • SH-80 is closed near the Canyon Rd. access area just north of Fort Gibson.

Delaware County

  • SH-127 is closed just west of US-59 near Jay due to a damaged drainage structure.

Johnston County

  • SH-48A is closed to through traffic between the SH-48 junction in Coleman and SH-7 in Milburn due to a damaged construction detour.

Kay County

  • US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa.

Le Flore County

  • SH-9A is closed northeast of Spiro, west of Fort Smith, Ark.

Logan County

  • SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage.

Love County

  • SH-77 Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway.

Muskogee County

  • Southbound SH-165 off-ramp to eastbound US-62 along with both lanes of southbound SH-165 at US-62 are closed in Muskogee. Northbound SH-165 is narrowed to one lane at US-62.
  • SH-10 is closed at Big Greenleaf Creek 3.5 miles south of Braggs.
  • SH-10 is closed two miles east of the US-62 junction near Fort Gibson.
  • US-62 is closed between SH-80 near Fort Gibson and SH-165 in Muskogee.
  • SH-104 is closed at Coal Creek just east of Haskell.
  • US-62 is closed one mile south of SH-16 in Muskogee.

Nowata County

  • SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah due to damage to a drain.
  • SH-28 is closed between US-60 and US-169 near Nowata.

Ottawa County

  • SH-10 is closed between SH-69A and US-69.
  • SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami.
  • US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69 near Miami.
  • US-69 is closed between SH-125 and US-59/SH-10 near Miami.

Rogers County

  • US-169 is closed eight miles north of SH-88 near Talala.
  • SH-88 is closed seven miles east of US-169 near Oologah.

Sequoyah County

  • US-64 is closed between Roland, Okla. and Fort Smith, Ark. All traffic is detoured to I-40.
  • SH-64D is closed from I-40 east of Roland to US-64 west of Fort Smith, Ark.
  • US-64/SH-100 is closed from the US-64/SH-100 junction near Webbers Falls to east of the Ray Fine bridge near Gore.

Tulsa County

  • SH-51 is closed between 145th W. Ave. and Avery Dr. near SH-97 in Sand Springs. S. 113th W. Ave. remains open.

Wagoner County

  • US-69 is closed north of Muskogee at the Arkansas River. Drivers should follow US-62 as a detour.
  • SH-16 is closed near the Muskogee Turnpike just north of Muskogee.
  • SH-16 is closed northwest of Okay.
  • SH-72 is closed from East 201st South to just north of the Arkansas River bridge near Coweta

Washington County

  • SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey.

Woods County

  • US-64 is closed between SH-14, west of Alva, and SH-50 near Freedom due to a damaged construction detour. Detour is SH-14 to US-412 to SH-50.

For official information about highway closures due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation posts updates in the Traffic Advisory section of www.odot.org. An interactive map showing highway conditions and closures can be found at www.okroads.org.

UTILITIES

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 304 outages statewide.

OG&E – Total: 268

Fort Gibson: 102

Davis: 100

Gore: 66

COOPERATIVES (by county)

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 36

Mayes: 35

Ottawa: 1

  

EMERGENCY PRICE STABILIZATION ACT IN EFFECT

The state’s price gouging statute is in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties. The Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. The statute triggers automatically after the governor issues a state of emergency. The law allows the attorney general to pursue charges against individuals or businesses that engage in price gouging.

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