Record rainfall floods state

Tuesday, August 19th 2008, 9:06 am
By: News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Record-breaking rainfall is causing flooding across the state.

Several state highways and metro city streets are closed because of high water. Overflowing creeks in Canadian County forced authorities to evacuate some homes.

Canadian County Emergency Management Director Jerry Smith said some residents of El Reno who live near State Highway 66 had to be rescued from vehicles and homes Tuesday morning by firefighters using boats.

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Smith said there will be property damage in the homes because "the water is rising" but said he did not know of any injuries.

In northwest Oklahoma City, two creeks went over their banks and threatened to flood a house, causing firefighters to rescue two adults and three children after the water prevented them from leaving.

From midnight to 9 a.m.  Tuesday, Oklahoma City received more than 2.48 inches of rain - more than the average total rainfall for the entire month.

Oklahoma City has received a record 9.45 inches of rain this month. For more about the record-breaking rain fall, click on the Weather Headlines.

Flash flooding will continue to be a major threat in central and southern Oklahoma throughout Tuesday and into Wednesday.

Public safety officers advise motorists against driving into water over the roadways.

For Current Road Conditions call the Department of Public Safety's Road Conditions Hotline at 888-425-2385.  

The Associated Press Contributed to this report.

Road closures:

Oklahoma City

  • Ann Arbor Avenue from Reno Avenue to NW 5
  • McCormick Avenue from Reno Avenue to NW 5
  • NW 4 from N MacArthur to N McCormick
  • NW 5 from N MacArthur to N Ann Arbor avenues
  • SW 29 from Morgan to Mustang roads
  • SW 29 and Czech Hall Road
  • SW 149 & Portland Avenue (under construction)
  • SW 149 and Meridian Avenue
  • NW 23 between Frisco and Cimarron
  • South Cimarron Road, just west of SW 29
  • NW 10 and Cimarron Road (Bridge closed due to high water)
  • Sara Road from Wilshire and the Kilpatrick Turnpike

El Reno

  • Elm Street between Alfadale and Radio roads
  • Alfadale Road between State Highway 66 and Jensen Road
  • Ash Street between Reno Avenue and Keith Street
  • Keith Street at Tennis Court
  • Jensen Road between Highway 81 and Alfadale Road
  • Foreman Street from Evans to Manning roads
  • Radio Road from Foreman Road to Elm Street

Canadian County

  • State Highway 4 north of Yukon
  • State Highway 66 at 6 Mile Creek just west of El Reno

Cotton County

  • Westbound Interstate 44 is closed south of the Walters exit at the request Texas officials due to flooding there.
  • State Highway 36 between Interstate 44 and U.S. Highway 70