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Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

Situation Update 4

May 23, 2019 – 7:45 p.m.

SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE

As a result of severe weather and flooding impacts across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. 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, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services - Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department State Parks Division, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.

RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management continues to ask residents impacted by the recent storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov or by calling 211. 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.

LOCAL REPORTS

Delaware County Emergency Management reports property damage and downed power lines in the Jay area after a tornado was reported last night.

Lincoln County Emergency Management reports several county roads have been damaged by flooding. Damage assessments are ongoing.

Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a mandatory evacuation order is still in place for Webbers Falls. Parts of Ft. Gibson remain under a voluntary evacuation order.

Pottawatomie Emergency Management reports a portion of railway is now underwater.

Stillwater Emergency Management reports that they will begin damage assessments tomorrow for impacted homes.

Tuttle Emergency Management reports a bridge and a road closed.

Wagoner County Emergency Management reports voluntary and self-evacuations in the town of Coweta due to flooding.

Woods County Emergency Management reports a damaged bridge near Capron.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency latest updates are available at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/press-room/

INJURIES

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 74 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports one fatality in Payne County is attributed to flooding.

MASS CARE

American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open due to high water:

Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa

First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami

Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee

Church on the Word, 1511 Culwell Rd, Warner

Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland

Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3700 Woodland Road, Bartlesville

Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool

American Red Cross is also providing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol in Muskogee with water for the next two shifts.

Southern Baptist Disaster Relief served 100 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center, and will be providing 150 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center tomorrow.

Cherokee Nation delivered pallets of water to Jay following the tornado last night.

The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is calling for certified animal response volunteers to care for displaced animals in Tulsa County. An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is also coordinating with the American Red Cross to support shelter needs in Tulsa, Muskogee, Warner and Fort Gibson.

Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 47 Gore Nursing Home residents were relocated to the Vian Nursing Home, and nursing home residents in Fort Gibson are being moved to McAlester.

STATE, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa and Muskogee counties.

Oklahoma Dept of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) has been coordinating with American Humane to bring an animal search and rescue team.

Oklahoma National Guard is assisting with sandbag operations in Tulsa, Bixby, and Jenks.

Oklahoma State Department of Health staff have been deployed to support the Muskogee County EOC and to the Cherokee Nation EOC to provide support.  

Civil Air Patrol is facilitating a fly over of damaged areas including Seminole, Tulsa, Ottawa, Delaware, and Pawnee counties.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has troopers stationed in the area of the I-40 bridge to ensure safety, along with Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials. They continue to have troopers and other resources including airboats, jetboats, and other water equipment and personnel in Muskogee county.

Choctaw Nation is sending members to assist Cherokee Nation in Tahlequah.

Department of Environmental Quality is sending staff to assist Tulsa Area Emergency Management.

US Army Corp of Engineers is assisting the Muskogee EOC with mapping and inundation information. They are also assisting with 3500 sandbags in Broken Arrow They have also inspected the Webber’s Falls Lock & Dam after two barges struck earlier today. Initial observations are that the structural damage is minimal. No integrity issues were. They will continue to monitor and assess the dam as water conditions change.

UTILITIES

Oklahoma Natural has disconnected meters in certain flood areas for safety reasons. The approximate meter count is:

Skiatook: 90

Sand Springs – N and S of HWY 51: 375

Bixby: 300

Ft. Gibson: 100

Owasso: 15

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 4,188 power outages statewide.

OG&E – Total: 3,351 (Fort Gibson)

PSO – Total: 474

Delaware: 287

Tulsa: 42

Craig: 27

Comanche: 51

Washington: 58

Scattered small outages in the following counties:

Atoka, Beckham, Choctaw, Mayes, Rogers, and Wagoner 

COOPERATIVES (by county) 

Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 289

Craig: 21

Delaware: 131

Mayes: 131

Ottawa: 5

Rogers: 1

Lake Region Electric Cooperative – TOTAL: 74

Cherokee: 61

Mayes: 13

ROAD CLOSURES

Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports all lanes of SH-100 and I-40 are now open over the Arkansas River.

The following highways are closed:

  • Alfalfa County - SH-8/SH-11 is closed between US-64 north of Cherokee to the SH-58 junction
  • Beckham County - The I-40 southern service road (old 66) at MM19 is closed 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
  • Cotton County - SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70
  • Delaware County - SH-127 is closed near Jay just west of US-59 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
  • Logan County - SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage from flooding
  • Love County - SH-77-Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway
  • Lincoln County - SH-66 is closed between US-177 and SH-18 in Chandler
  • Mayes County - SH-82 is closed at Grand River south of Langley
  • Muskogee County - SH-10 is closed 2 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 near Haskell
  • Noble County - SH-15 is closed between US-77 and Red Rock.74; SH-156 is closed between Marland and US-60/US-177 in Kay County
  • 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
  • Ottawa County - SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami; US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69; SH10 is closed between US-69 and the SH-69A junction in Miami; SH-69A is closed 1.5 miles north of SH-10 near Miami; US-69 is closed between SH-1235 and US-59/SH-10
  • Pawnee County - US-64 is closed between Pawnee and SH-18
  • Payne County - SH-18 is closed at the Cimarron River between Cushing and the SH-51 junction
  • Tulsa County - SH-11 is closed from 76th St. North to 186th St. North; SH-20 is closed from US-75 to west of Skiatook; Eastbound SH-51 is closed just west of SH-97.
  • Wagoner County - 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.
  • Washington County - SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey

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.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

A State of Emergency remains in effect for 66 Oklahoma counties due to severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and flooding that began in April. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

The counties included in the declaration are: Adair, Alfalfa, Atoka, Beckham, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Garvin, Grady, Greer, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Lincoln, Logan, Love, Marshall, Mayes, McClain, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, and Woods.

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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