Muskogee County has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of flooding expected due to a predicted rainfall between 8 and 12 inches, County Commissioner Ken Doke said just now.
During flooding, it is important that you:
- Stay informed. Turn on a battery-operated radio or television to get the latest emergency information.
- If advised to evacuate, do so immediately.
- Avoid walking through floodwater. Water only six inches deep can sweep you off your feet if it is moving swiftly.
- Do not drive into a flooded street. Cars can be swept away by two feet of moving water or there may be unseen damage to the road. If you come to a flooded area turn around and go another way. Most flood-related deaths are caused by people driving through water.
Be aware of the weather and its effects on your house and your driving.
If flood waters start coming into your home, seek higher ground, and if you’re driving do not drive into water across the road.
The emergency declaration allows the county to more easily buy sandbags and other emergency measures, Doke said.
“The Arkansas River is already at half a foot below flood,” he said. “If it gets to 28 feet, we will start to see structure flooding.”
Businesses along the river have been notified and the port is working to secure barges and other items.
“This year, if you drive around barricades, we will fine you because you are putting our emergency responders at risk.”