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Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Situation Update 1

April 30, 2019 – 9:30 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE

As a result of severe weather across the state Tuesday and additional severe weather expected overnight and tomorrow, the State Emergency Operations Center activated today at noon. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma National Guard Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, National Weather Service, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

STORM AND FLOOD DAMAGE REPORTS

Lincoln County Emergency Management reports trees and power lines down near Agra.

City of Nowata Emergency Management reports extensive flooding in the city of Nowata following today’s storms and ongoing heavy rain. The city is coordinating with American Red Cross to provide support to displaced residents as needed. An estimated 20-30 homes have been impacted by flooding. Nowata fire, law enforcement and public works are providing road barriers and assisting residents.

Okmulgee County Emergency Management reports two homes with roof damage and two barns damaged north of Morris.

Ottawa County Emergency Management reports flooding and tree damage.

Rogers County Emergency Management reports four homes damaged near Talala as well as damage to numerous outbuildings and barns. Power lines and transmission lines were also impacted.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management reports significant flooding throughout the county. Barricades are in place for flooded roads in Tulsa after 3.5 inches of rain fell in three hours.

Additional storm damage has been reported in Murray, Muskogee, Payne, and Wagoner counties.

Storms and flooding are expected to continue overnight.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents impacted by the April 30 storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov. Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Residents can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey.

POWER OUTAGES

Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports nearly 5,000 outages statewide. The majority of outages are in northeast Oklahoma.

TIPS TO AVOID INJURY FROM FLOODED AREAS

During the flood:

  • Stay informed. Tune in to local media or weather mobile apps to get the latest emergency information.
  • Avoid walking through floodwater. Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet if it is moving swiftly.
  • Do not drive into a flooded street. Cars can be swept away by two feet of moving water or there may be unseen damage to the road. If you come to a flooded area turn around and go another way. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people driving through water.
  • If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
  • Watch out for fire hazards.

DIAL 211

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.

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