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TAEMA Emergency Operations Update – May 27 at 10 a.m.

This article was archived on 5/29/2019

The Army Corps of Engineers increased the release at Keystone Dam this morning at to 275,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) at 7 a.m. At the current rate, the additional outflow from Keystone has already reached the western parts of Tulsa County. The impact will begin to be seen in central Tulsa around 12 Noon today and south Tulsa County later this afternoon. The Corps has announced it will continue this level (275,000 cfs) of outflow from the Keystone Dam through Thursday.

Currently, the Keystone Dam and the Tulsa County levees are working as they should and there have been no levee breaches at this time. With the additional volume of water being discharged through the levee system, officials continue to monitor this situation. First responders are working around the clock to monitor and maintain each levee. The City of Tulsa has already been planning for flooding levels that Tulsa experienced in 1986, when Keystone Dam release levels reached over 300,000 cubic feet per second. The maps for 250,000 cfs and 305,000 cfs can be found at www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps  

Shelters & Evacuation Plans

Residents who live near Levee A and B should already have evacuation plans in place. Levee A is south of the Keystone Expressway/Hwy412, east of River City Park Rd. and west of 65th W. Ave. Levee B is between 65th W. Ave. to Newblock Park and south of Keystone Expressway/Hwy412.

Bus transportation via Tulsa Transit has been arranged to assist residents who want to self-evacuate. The hours for bus transportation will begin today at 11 a.m. and run until midnight. Citizens interested in self-evacuation can go to one of two locations for transportation assistance to the shelters. Please note location has been changed. The self-evacuation locations are 2401 Charles Page Blvd. at Tulsa County Social Services and Cameron St. & 41st W. Avenue (Wayman Tisdale Fine Arts Academy). The Metropolitan Tulsa Transit Authority (MTTA) is the official transportation to the shelters.

At this time, there are two evacuation shelters in place - Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place, Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool. A third shelter will be established and announced if needed. ADA service animals can be taken to the shelter locations. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairground is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211.

Tulsa Police drove the residential area behind the Levees on Sunday May 26 to alert residents to the opportunity for self-evacuation, bus transportation and shelters. If there is a breach in the levee, power will be shut off to the area immediately. The power remains on at this time.

Levee Management

City, County and federal officials are closely monitoring the levees 24/7 and repairing and maintaining as necessary. Seepage around the levees is to be expected.

Residents should be prepared for a voluntary evacuation and remain vigilant to this evolving situation. If a breach occurs, a message will be broadcast over the emergency alert system. It is highly recommended that all residents 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.

Levee maps can be found at: www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps

Floodwaters Advisement

Residents are advised to stay away from floodwater and standing waters as they can be dangerous. Tulsa Police and Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office are patrolling neighborhoods that have already been evacuated to thwart looters and keep homes secure and will do the same with any future evacuations.

Infrastructure During Flood of Record

PSO reports it has no issue with ability to supply power as needed and maintain service even during a flood of record. PSO Customer needs will be met using power generation and purchases from the Southwest Power Pool.

The Water & Sewer Department Director reported there are no concerns with water treatment plants as a result of this river flood of record. Precautionary measures have been taken at the Southside Wastewater Treatment and Haikey Creek plants, although no flooding is expected.

A public sand bag location is available at Oral Roberts University Mabee Center parking lot, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., open 24/7. Jenks has 200 sand bags available for residents tonight at 1701 N. Birch in Jenks.

Greenwaste Facility  

The City of Tulsa Greenwaste Facility located at 2100 North 145th E. Ave., is a free greenwaste removal option for Tulsa and Broken Arrow residents and available year-round. Customers outside of Tulsa and Broken Arrow can pay $0.55 per cubic yard at the gate to drop-off greenwaste. The Greenwaste site will be open today from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. A current driver's license or a recent City of Tulsa or Broken Arrow utility bill with a Tulsa or Broken Arrow address is required to use the site.

Road Closures

The City of Tulsa created a road closure map for flooding impact, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps

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