TULSA, Okla. — Mayor GT Bynum and other Tulsa officials said Wednesday the Army Corps of Engineers began gradually reducing the release rate from Keystone Dam ahead of schedule.
The Army Corps brought the flow rate of water down to 240,000 cubic feet of water per second (cfs) Thursday morning. The Corps tells FOX23 they plan to bring the outflow down every six hours until that reach 100,000 cfs -- the acceptable rate at Keystone Dam.
As of Friday morning, the release rate is at 190,000 cubic feet per second.
They expect to reach their goal by June 4th, weather permitting.
However, emergency crews will continue to monitor the city's levee system and officials urge people who live in areas behind levees in Tulsa County and several other areas to take precautions and evacuate if possible.
Officials say any seepage in the 70-year-old levee is "fairly normal," but they are asking those in the area to self-evacuate.
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 118 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.
Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports six fatalities attributed to flooding and severe weather.
- Female, 53 years old, Payne County
- Female, 5 years old, Mayes County
- Female, 59 years old, Mayes County
- Male, 77 years old, Kay County
- Female, 47 years old, Canadian County
- Male, 54 years old, Canadian County
The White House approved a request May 26 for flooding assistance from the state for the counties of Haskell, Kay, Le Flore, Muskogee, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Sequoyah, Tulsa, and Wagoner after significant flooding.
This allows federal resources to be used to assist the state and local governments during the flooding situation.
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Updates From Army Corps
U. S. Army Corps announced they increased the water release in Keystone lake to 275,000 at 7 a.m. Monday. That outflow rate lasted until late Wednesday night when the Corps began to reduce it.
The rate of water output from the Keystone Dam is 230,000 cfs as of Thursday at 5 p.m.
This is part of a historic flood across the region and a record-breaking flood in Muskogee.
Dangerous flooding is also being monitored in Green Country's northern counties and into Kansas.
Communities along the Verdigris River also suffered from flooding. The Army Corps began scaling back the release of water at the Oologah Dam and Spillway Friday to allow the Verdigris River flooding to recede.
MORE INFO: Evacuation orders issued for Coffeyville, others in Montgomery County
In a press conference Sunday, Mayor GT Bynum said because of increased pressure on the levee system, officials are encouraging people living behind levees to relocate.
The self-evacuation locations are:
- 104 N. Gilcrease Museum Drive (Veterinary Clinic)
- Cameron St. & 41st W. Avenue (Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy)
- 2500 W. Edison
There are two evacuation shelters in place:
- Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place
- Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool
There is also a reserve shelter if needed at Chandler Park. ADA service animals can be taken to the shelter locations. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.
A Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority bus will be available at 100 N. Gilcrease Museum Road and Cameron and 41st W. Avenue to take people to shelters.
Watch Tulsa's most recent news conference here:
At the request of emergency management, PSO has disconnected power to an additional 64 industry and business customers. The power remains off at all structures that have been evacuated during this flood event. In addition to 21 homes disconnected Tuesday night in the area of Galveston to Elwood (berm issue) approximately six homes south of 111th Street also were disconnected for safety reasons.
If the levee system is compromised, evacuation and contingency plans must be in place for residents that live near:
- Levee A, south of the Keystone Expressway/Hwy412, east of River City Park Rd. and west of 65th W. Ave.
- Levee B, between 65th W. Ave. to Newblock Park and south of Keystone Expressway/Hwy412.
- Residents should begin to prepare for a possible voluntary evacuation and remain vigilant to this evolving situation.
Governor Kevin Stitt declared a state of emergency for all 77 Oklahoma counties impacted by flooding and severe storms.
Area Flood Maps
Use the maps below to compare river flooding projections to your location:
INTERACTIVE: Arkansas River Viewer - Tulsa County
INTERACTIVE: CITY OF TULSA HAZARDS MAP
Find more maps from the City of Tulsa here.
FOX23 Reporter Lynn Casey explains how to use and read the interactive map:
Current sandbag locations in the Tulsa metro are:
Tulsa – City officials confirmed its sandbag operation at Oral Roberts University concluded Thursday afternoon. Sandbags can be disposed of by emptying the sand into low-lying areas of your lawn and putting the bag in your trash cart.
Jenks -- Jenks Softball Field, 1701 N. Birch St.
For the Jenks location, bags are available to fill, but the public is responsible to bring their own shovel(s). The weekend hours are 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Officials ask those living in the following areas to take flooding precautions:
- Tulsa – 121st to 131st from Arkansas River to Sheridan Road
- Bixby – 151st to 161st from Memorial Drive to the Arkansas River
- Bixby – 161st to 171st between Mingo Road and Garnett
- Jenks – South of 91st and west and Elm Street.
Additionally, officials want people living between Newblock Park and Tulsa and between River City Park and Sand Springs to start taking precautions.
WATCH: FOX23 Anchor Clay Loney's Explains The Flood Project Maps
The Tulsa Area Emergency Management Emergency Operations Center is fully activated. State and federal partners are assisting with the response.
As of Friday morning, close to 1,100 Tulsa residents have been impacted by the flooding event due to evacuations based on rising flooding levels, according to the city. In Sand Springs, close to 400 are impacted, Tulsa County - 320 and in Jenks - 15.
Gov. Kevin Stitt and Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell joined Mayor G.T. Bynum Wednesday for a tour of tornado and flooding damage in the city and nearby communities.
The City of Tulsa activated its Emergency Operations Center at 12 p.m. Wednesday.
TULSA RESIDENTS WITH QUESTIONS OR CONCERNS CAN CALL 211, 24/7
Officials are working off flood maps based on the 1986 Tulsa flood. Bynum said officials decided the best course of action for residents and emergency personnel to do is "prepare for the worst and hope for the best" in regards to this flooding event. That is why response teams have chosen to work based on a map of Tulsa's historic 1986 flood.
The city released the following warning for residents in areas that will be affected by potentially "disastrous" flooding:
If the city of Tulsa initiates any evacuations, uniformed police or county officers will go through evacuation areas to notify residents.
Late Tuesday night the city warned against those claiming to represent the city or the police department. They received reports of people doing so and offering false information about water release at the Keystone Dam and flooding orders.
The Tulsa Housing Authority evacuated residents of the Sandy Park Apartments as a precaution due to its proximity to the Arkansas River.
Residents with available alternate housing will be provided a bus token to facilitate their transportation. Residents without immediate access to alternate housing will be bused to available shelters. Once Sandy Park Apartments is determined to be safe for return, residents without access to transportation will be transported back to the site.
Sandy Park residents may call 918-245-5981 with any questions.
The American Red Cross has setup a shelter for flood victims at Crosstown Church of Christ at 3400 E. Admiral Place.
A temporary shelter for pets is also running at the south entrance of the Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion.
Anyone who needs assistance can contact the American Red Cross directly. The Tulsa office phone number is 918-831-1100. The national number is 1-800-733-2767.
Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) and Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) have established a Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations, which are providing services and support to residents of eastern Oklahoma affected by recent flooding and weather events. Donations can be made securely at www.TulsaCF.org/2019storms. Donations by check should be made payable to Tulsa Community Foundation and include: "Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma" in the memo of the check. Mail checks to Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale Ave., Suite 600, Tulsa, Okla., 74136. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.
Education and Safety
- If you leave your home, take all electric precautions by switching off the main breaker to electricity and disconnect any emergency power system, like generators.
- Have a packed bag with prescriptions and clothing for a multiple-day period
- Charge your cell phones and place them in low-power mode, put valuables in a higher place, bring your pets with you
- Leave your home with important identification for you and any members of your family and take videos/pictures of your home for insurance purposes
- If you are an evacuee or someone you know is evacuated and requires home health care and/or in-home hospice care, you need to let your health care agency know where you are sheltering so you can continue to receive services.
- It is important to have a two-week supply of prescription medication on hand and ready if/when you evacuated. In addition, have copies of all prescription medication with dosage, prescribing doctor, and pharmacy. This includes mental health medications. Communicate this message with those in your life who may need assistance with this.
- Communicate with members of your family who need to take these precautions but have physical limitations that may prevent them from doing so.
- For safety's sake, assume that any downed utility line is energized with deadly electric current. Stay away from the line and do not touch it with anything. Report it to PSO at 1-888-218-3919.
River Parks/Gathering Place:
City of Tulsa River Parks including the trail system between 11th and 96th is closed until further notice.
Gathering Place officials announced that they are closing the entire park including the Skate Park, Sports Courts and River Park trails near the river until further notice due to the closure and flooding of Riverside Drive.
River Spirit Casino Resort:
Tulsa's River Spirit Casino Resort will remain closed through the month of June due to flooding from the Arkansas River.
City of Bixby officials are continuing to monitor water levels and local impacts. Preparations and voluntary evacuations are in effect for those in flooded and potential flood areas.
READ MORE BIXBY FLOOD INFO HERE
The Broken Arrow Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated, and officials continue to monitor weather conditions and water levels in Broken Arrow.
On May 23, the City of Broken Arrow issued an emergency declaration to prepare residents for flooding from the Arkansas River.
Officials said the declaration applies to the area south of Jasper Street (131st) between Garnett Road and County Line (23rd Street). A voluntary evacuation is advised.
Residents are advised to gather enough supplies to last several days. Examples include clothing, food and medication, as well as pets and their supplies.
Place any valuables on high surfaces, charge cell phones and take pictures or videos of your home for insurance purposes.
An automated phone call to residents will go out when water levels become a concern.
Make sure you are subscribed to receive phone calls or sign up to receive them at www.BrokenArrowOK.gov/ALERT
Residents of Coweta are being asked to conserve water as they deal with flooding from the Verdigris River. The city's water intake system is offline and they currently have enough fresh water in supply to sustain one week of conservative use:
1. This announcement affects only City of Coweta water customers.
2. The City has current fresh water supplies in its reservoir, towers, and within the system to sustain approximately one week of conservative use.
3. Please refrain from any unnecessary water usage while we work to resolve the issue. This may include avoiding actions such as washing your car, watering your lawn (including turning off automatic irrigation systems), doing non-essential laundry, filling your pool or hot tub, and asking for water in a restaurant if you're going to be drinking something else with your meal.
4. Once flood waters recede enough to allow servicing of the pump motors at the water intake station, we will repair or replace them as quickly as possible to restore normal water operations.
5. The Coweta City Council together with the Coweta Public Works Authority tonight declared an emergency due to flood conditions allowing the city leadership to take swift action and avail itself of all possible state and federal resources to resolve the situation.
6. Daily updates will be provided each afternoon while the situation persists.
7. Please continue to check the City Facebook page, City website and the Wagoner County Emergency Management Facebook page for accurate updates.
READ MORE: Coweta officials warn residents to conserve water, practice safe flood precautions
The City of Jenks is working closely with the Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency, as well as local Emergency Operations Center with recommendations regarding the increased dam release numbers.
The most updated map of the potential impact for Jenks will be posted to city social media sites.
Although it may appear the bridges in Jenks will be covered in water, we want to ensure our community this is only a glitch in the map creation and we do not anticipate any of our bridges to flood.
Residents who live near Polecat Creek, or any creek or stream in Jenks, must remain vigilant and stay prepared for possible flooding.
Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke said officials are recommending that residents in areas prone to river flooding "make immediate plans for evacuation along the Arkansas River."
Several communities have evacuated and aerial evacuations took place Saturday evening from the town of Braggs.
Doke released the following statement Wednesday morning:
There is new data available that says that the river could crest at 41.5 feet (MUCH higher than originally expected). The latest forecasts show that the river is rising quicker than expected. Given the elevations at the casino on HW 62, new data shows that section of road could become flooded early this afternoon. If the river reaches these latest flood predictions, HW 62 will likely become flooded this afternoon and could be closed.
Muskogee County Emergency Management issued a mandatory evacuation of the entire town of Webbers Falls in Muskogee County, according to police.
The Okmulgee County Sheriffs Office and Okmulgee County Emergency Management encourage residents that live within a half a mile of Duck Creek and Snake Creek in Northeast Okmulgee County and the Deep Fork River in Southern Okmulgee County to begin their evacuation preparations as water levels are expected to rise to record levels.
Based on recent predictions received the amount of water that is being released at the Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River will also affect Duck Creek and Snake Creek which flow into that river.
The areas strongly affected will be:
Hectorville Rd. (221st St.) North to Adams Rd. (211th St.)
250 Rd (Yale Ave) to Bixby Rd. (Memorial Dr.).
Other areas of great concern will be Bixby Rd. (Memorial Dr.) south to Hwy. 16.
Residents in the area of Dentonville Rd. in Beggs as well as Sharpe Rd. in Okmulgee are expected to be affected by flooding from the Deep Fork River.
The City of Sand Springs posted a precautionary evacuation plan Tuesday morning in the event that their levee is breached.
Sandbags: The National Guard is conducting sand bag operations at White Hawk. Sand bags continue to be available to residents at this location. The National Guard is limiting the number of bags to 25 per vehicle.
"Wagoner County Emergency Mangement is urging citizens to take precaution that live along the Arkansas River and start preparing for voluntary evacuation as the river is going to continue to rise and will be out of its banks by morning. We are strongly urging people to take these precautions. At 9 AM tomorrow morning we are having an Emergency County Commissioner Meeting to declare an emergency as the river is to be projected to rise to 38 ft by Thursday." - Wagoner County Emergency Management
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