Oklahoma City Flooding: State of Emergency Declared (Videos)
Oklahoma City is Facing its Second Day of Flooding After Record-Breaking Rainfall and a State of Emergency Has Been Declared
Oklahoma City is facing evacuations in some areas and a state of emergency has been declared after severe thunderstorms battered the area overnight. From 2am to 11am, about 10 inches of rain fell over northern Oklahoma City and a flash flood warning was extended as power outages hit the area. More rain is expected to fall.
According to CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras, the damage was caused by backbuilding thunderstorms, which is when heavy rain just continues to fall with very little relief in between. Oklahoma City is once again under thunderstorm watch and a state of emergency has been declared.
"We urge everyone to use caution as storms continue across our state," Lt. Gov. Jari Askins said. "Once again our heroic responders have demonstrated the ‘Oklahoma Standard.' I want to extend my thanks to the emergency crews and the news media for keeping the public safe and informed during this life-threatening crisis."
The counties included in the state of emergency are:
Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Cherokee, Cleveland, Comanche, Cotton, Craig, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Dewey, Garfield, Garvin, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Lincoln, Logan, Major, McClain, McIntosh, Mayes, Murray, Muskogee, Noble, Nowata, Oklahoma, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Payne, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Roger Mills, Rogers, Seminole, Stephens, Texas, Tillman, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Washita, Woods and Woodward.
About 1,200 customers are currently without power and some of the main roads, including I-44 and I-35 are flooded.
Videos From Oklahoma City of the Severe Flooding: