• Broken Arrow recovering from severe weather, preparing for more

    By: Chrishayla Smith

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    BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Broken Arrow officials give updates on area after severe weather. More storms expected Tuesday night.

    Reminder: Please avoid Indian Springs! All of Broken Arrow south of Jasper (131st) has been declared an emergency area.

    Non-residents must stay out of the area. Drivers without ID proving residency will be turned away by Broken Arrow Police.

     

    Water level:

    The US Army Corps of Engineers has maintained the release rate from Keystone Dam at 275,000. Water levels in south Broken Arrow have remained steady or increased slightly. Water appears to be spreading out more than rising.

    A map projecting flood levels up to a 275,000 cfs release from Keystone is available from the Corps. Please note this is only a projection. Continued rains upstream along the Arkansas River basin could affect the flood zone.


    It is projected that at 305,000 cfs, approximately 85 homes in Broken Arrow could potentially be impacted by flooding. 

     

    Forecast: 

    The National Weather Service indicates showers and thunderstorms are likely between 7 p.m.-1 a.m. tonight with further showers and storms anticipated Wednesday. Thursday and Friday should be dry, and rain could return late Saturday.

    All Broken Arrow residents should remain weather aware this evening!

     

    Flash flooding potential along creeks:

    It’s important to remember with the Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers already swollen by discharges from from the Keystone and Oologah dams, respectively, residents living along area creeks should be alert to potential flash flooding during high intensity rainfalls.

      

    Sand:

    Sand and bags are available at the Liberty Trail parking lot on the east side of Elm Place near the Creek Turnpike. Entry to the trailhead is off Miami Street. Residents may fill their own sand bags using their own shovels.

     

    Power outages:

    PSO reported approximately 89 customers in Broken Arrow remain without power as of 5 p.m. Crews are working in the area to restore power. PSO estimates all power will be restored by Thursday.

     

    Gas shutoff:

    ONG has disconnected natural gas service to approximately 93 homes in Indian Springs due to the water level.

     

    Cooling station:

    Central Park Community Center will be open regular business hours (7 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F and 9a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday) as a cooling station for residents without power.

     

    Debris:

    Details regarding debris pickup will be released by Friday. 

    Residents can take green waste (tree limbs and branches) to the Tulsa Mulch site, 2100 N. 145th E. Ave. in east Tulsa, free of charge. It is open 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., seven days per week, except holidays. Present a driver’s license or a recent utility bill as proof of Broken Arrow residence.

    If your debris is not significant, residents can also cut green waste into 2’ x 4’ bundles and place it at the curb with your regular trash service.

    Several area churches have volunteered to assist Broken Arrow residents needing help with yard cleanup. Contact Jennifer at City Hall at 918-259-8419 during regular business hours (8a-5p), and leave your information and it will be shared with the church leaders to coordinate. Volunteers will not perform tree service.

     

    Wild animals:

    Be advised, wild animals such as snakes and coyotes, often seek higher ground during floods. Be aware of your surroundings and keep a close watch on pets. If a wild animal is close populated areas, contact Broken Arrow Animal Control at 918-259-8311 or Police non-emergency at 918-451-8400 after hours.

     

    Current road closures:

    • Washington (91st) between Evans Road (225th) and Highland Drive has been closed by Wagoner County.
    • Washington (91st) between Aspen (145th) and Elm (161st) remains closed due to downed power lines.
    • Hillside Drive remains closed between Charlestons and Hobby Lobby. Do not attempt to drive around barricades. Pedestrians and joggers must also keep out of the area.

     

    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.

    Residents who experience damage to their home, business or farm should also complete a state reporting form at http://damage.ok.gov.  

     

    Mass Care:

    From now until June 14, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for muck-out, debris removal and home cleanup from the recent statewide storms and flooding. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup and mucking out, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. The public may call 800-451-1954 to request help with storm and flooding related cleanup. Those requests will be shared with relief organizations at crisiscleanup.org.

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

    • Coweta High School, 14607 S. 305th E Ave, Coweta
    • Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool
    • Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa

     The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veterans who have been impacted by the recent weather may be eligible for a Financial Grant. Visit their website at okvets.ok.gov and click on the "get help" tab to find a service officer or location near you to assist. You can also call 918-781-7766 or 405-523-4000 to locate a service office or location near you.

     The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports that people with horses and cattle in need of assistance can call Dr. Rod Hall at (580) 257-0254 and Dr. Clayton Cook at (575) 405-9556. Anyone with facilities that can temporarily keep 10 or more horses from the evacuated areas are also asked to call Dr. Hall.

     

    Highway closures:

    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.

     

    EOC Active:

    The Broken Arrow Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated, and officials continue to monitor weather conditions and water levels in Broken Arrow.

     

    Emergency Declaration:

    An Emergency Declaration has been issued for the area south of Jasper (131st) Street between Garnett Road to 23rd Street (County Line Road).

    Non-residents must stay out of the area as it is an emergency area.

    A voluntary evacuation is advised for people living south of Jasper Street. Property within the 100 year floodplain is at the greatest risk. Residents in affected areas are advised to gather a multi-day supply of clothing, food, medications, as well as pets. Place valuables up high and take video or pictures of your home for insurance purposes. Charge your cell phone.

    Since the evacuation is voluntary, residents who have left their homes may return at anytime. Police posted in the area may verify residency before allowing access.

    If you are unsure if your home is in a potential flood zone, please call the One Stop Division at 918-259-8333, Option 0, during regular business hours. You may also check online at https://msc.fema.gov/portal/home.

    Stay out of floodwaters, as there are many contaminants in the water that are hazardous to your health. Also be cautious of additional wildlife, such as snakes, that will be seeking higher ground.

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