MUSKOGEE COUNTY, Okla. - MUSKOGEE COUNTY FLOODING:
State and Muskogee County emergency officials are monitoring impacts of Arkansas River flooding.
Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt called the Muskogee flooding "by far" the worst he has seen in the state and said the damage is severe.
Aerial evacuations began last Saturday afternoon in Braggs.
Officials are suggesting evacuations at the Riverside mobile home park and any low-lying areas along the river or its feeder creeks. Everyone between 85th and the river are on evacuation notice.
Watch the May 24 news conference with Gov. Stitt, Rep. Markwayne Mullin, other emergency officials:
FOX23 Certified Meteorologist Laura Mock shot this video of the flooding situation in the Muskogee area Saturday:
Everything west of Lee Street in Fort Gibson is being evacuated.
Evacuees can go to a shelter at Bacone College at 2299 Old Bacone Road.
Southbound Highway 69 is closed at the Muskogee/Wagoner County line because of water flowing on the street.
Webbers Falls summer school is canceled due to the flooding.
Water is expected to rise around the Muskogee OG&E power plant but won’t affect power in Muskogee.
Water is also expected to rise into the city sewer plant. The city has put down sandbags and are working to keep it operational
Water, bottled and gallons, can be taken to Warner City Hall for ECOWA customers who are currently without water service.
Emergency crews are working quickly to improve the flooding situation for residents in Braggs. Starting June 1, neighbors can drive unescorted on the road between gate 12 and the Zeb Entrance during certain hours. Read more from the Muskogee County Sheriff's Office below:
At times this past week, access to the town of Braggs was cut-off from everything, including power. Emergency crews anticipated it would happen and stationed an ambulance there before the flooding became severe.
Officials began aerial evacuations Saturday afternoon in Braggs due to the flooding.
The Muskogee County Commissioner says somewhere between 300 and 500 people were still in Braggs despite the catastrophic flooding throughout the area.
The landing zone was at Fort Gibson High School. Evacuees were bussed to Crescent Valley Baptist Church for shelter.
The Braggs Post Office, located at 300 N. Madison St. has temporarily relocated operations to the Fort Gibson Post Office, located at 201 W. Poplar St.
On June 4, Highway 10 reopened to Braggs residents.
BARGES CRASH INTO WEBBERS FALLS DAM:
- Muskogee County officials confirm two barges broke loose on the Arkansas River on Tuesday.
- They were rapidly heading downstream -- threatening the Webbers Falls Lock and Dam.
- The barges hit the lock and dam and sank doing minimal damage.
- The entire town of Webbers Falls has been under a mandatory evacuation since Wednesday afternoon. Some began to leave town Tuesday night.
- Crews located the barges north of Spaniard Creek around 4:00 a.m. Thursday but they were knocked loose around 10:30 a.m.
- The barges weigh about 3,000 tons combined and reached the dam around 12 p.m. Thursday and did not cause any immediate, significant damage.
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