TAEMA Emergency Operations Update – 10:30 a.m.
May 25, 2019 - Due to significant rain in the Tulsa area last night, the Army Corps of Engineers must extend the duration of the 250,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) release by Wednesday morning rather than Sunday afternoon as originally planned.
Currently, the levees are working as they should, but have experienced the 250,000 cfs release rate for an extended amount of time and officials will be watching the levee system closely due to the extension of the release rate.
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. For residents that live near 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.
It is highly recommended that all people who live near Levees A and B pay attention to local officials and news coverage, listen to weather radios, be observant of local weather apps, and seek higher ground if necessary as a levee comprise would inundate the areas quickly.
The levee maps can be found at: www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps
Tulsa Police are patrolling neighborhoods that have already been evacuated in the Tulsa city limits to keep the homes secure and thwart looters.
Current street and park closures in Tulsa County are as follows:
Current sand bag locations in the Tulsa metro are:
Tulsa – Oral Roberts University Mabee Center parking lot, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., open 24/7
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.
Shelters and Donations
Two evacuation shelters are in place - the first is at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place and there is an additional shelter at Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool. ADA service animals can be taken to the Crosstown shelter location. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.
Residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to this flooding event or evacuations can call 211, 211 is also equipped to take damage assessments and answer questions about donations to those affected by the floods.
Education and Safety
Stay Updated on the Flooding Event
Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit www.cityoftulsa.org for updates. Live feeds from news conferences are available on the City of Tulsa Gov Facebook.
The City of Tulsa website has a Google translator that can translate all web pages in more than 121 languages. The City of Tulsa is also adding translations of this briefing in various languages to the City’s Facebook page when available.
All maps for the flooding event can be found at: www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps
Michelle Brooks, APR, MPIO | Mayoral Press Secretary
Deputy Director of Communications
City of Tulsa Office of the Mayor
175 E. 2nd St., Tulsa, OK 74103