Flooding problems are widespread throughout Oklahoma

As flooding continues across the state, the State Emergency Operations Center remains activated. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) remains in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with agencies and organizations.

As of 3 p.m. Friday, May 24, 2019:

  • Beaver County Emergency Management reports damaged homes and power outages after a tornado struck the area last night.
  • Lincoln County Emergency Management is assisting at the Wagoner County EOC.
  • Muskogee County Emergency Management reports a mandatory evacuation order is still in place for Webbers Falls. Parts of Ft. Gibson remain under a voluntary evacuation order. Water rescues are ongoing in the Bayou area of Muskogee County. Power is out in the Okay, Fort Gibson, and Braggs areas.
  • Ottawa County Emergency Management reports flooded schools in Wyandotte.
  • Stillwater Emergency Management reports damage assessments have been postponed due to the threat of incoming weather.
  • Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency reports close to 1,100 residents in the Tulsa area have been impacted from the flooding event due to evacuations. This includes residents in Tulsa County and the cities of Sand Springs and Jenks.
  • Wagoner County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations in Wagoner County all low-lying areas near the Arkansas and Verdigris rivers.

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

  • Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa
  • First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami
  • Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee
  • Church on the Word, 1511 Culwell Rd, Warner
  • Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland
  • Redeemer Lutheran Church, 3700 Woodland Road, Bartlesville
  • Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool
  • American Red Cross is also supporting families in Beaver County.
  • Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is providing 150 meals at the Muskogee Emergency Operations Center.

An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa. The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is also coordinating with the American Red Cross to support shelter needs in Tulsa, Muskogee, Warner and Fort Gibson.

State, Tribal and Federal Assistance:

  • Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties.
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs is working on the east side of the Arkansas River to support Muskogee County Emergency Management.
  • The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veterans that 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.

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