Search Continues In OKC For Several Victims Swept Away By Floods


Monday, June 3rd 2013, 6:26 pm
By: Karl Torp


The Search for those missing after being swept away by flash floods Friday goes on in the Oklahoma City Metro.

A group of 11, including mostly young children, huddled together inside a storm drain under S.W. 15th near the Dell plant to escape the tornadoes.

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When the water level got to about two feet, the group tried to get out, but could not. The raging water swept all 11 into the Oklahoma River a quarter of a mile away.

"The current was so fast. There was no way to get back out," said Betty Yeatman, who was holding her 3-year-old nephew the whole time.

Yeatman was able to climb the banks of the river with the toddler, but little Corey Don Johnson was pronounced dead that night.

"I just floated on my back," said 8-year-old Tara Shrum, who was rescue near the dam in the river Friday night.

As of Monday evening, four people in the group are still missing. They include a 21-year-old, a six-month-old, a 3-year-old, and a 4-year-old.

The family organized a search along the Oklahoma River near Penn. Ave. Monday evening.

"There is no closure for this family because we don't know," Yeatman said.