Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 14, 2010 – 11:30 a.m. – Situation Update 1
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Michelann Ooten, Public Information Officer
(405) 521-2481 office; (405) 205-1879 cell
STATE EOC ACTIVATED DUE TO FLOODING
Due to flooding in central and northeast areas of Oklahoma, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at Level Two activation, which involves extended operating hours for key personnel.
There are no requests for state assistance at this time. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas of the state.
Flash Flood warnings remain posted from Oklahoma City to Tulsa.
Current radar shows storms tapering off in northwest Oklahoma County with activity continuing generally along and southeast of I-44. However, rainfall rates of 1 to 3 inches per hour will continue to be likely until the activity clears the Oklahoma City metro.
Reports of 6 to 8 inches of rain received since the early morning hours are common across the Oklahoma City area with some areas receiving more than 9 inches.
Swift water rescues are underway in some areas of Oklahoma City and travel is discouraged in many regions. In Oklahoma City, fire officials are asking some Ski Island residents to voluntarily evacuate homes as they work to evaluate the dam on Hefner Road, just west of MacArthur. Specifically, these are homes that back up to Spring Creek. Firefighters are currently going door to door alerting residents.
Motorists are urged to obey road closing barricades. It only takes a minimal amount of moving water for cars to be swept away and there may be unseen damage to the road. Motorists who encounter flooded roads should turn around and find an alternate route. Flash floods are one of the chief causes of weather-related deaths in the nation.
For information regarding Oklahoma road conditions, call 888-425-2385.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports about 6,700 power outages related to the storm, including 6,595 OG&E customers (6,382 in the Oklahoma City area), and 60 PSO customers mainly in the Bixby area.
Situation Updates are posted at www.oem.ok.gov