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Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Update, 6 p.m.

This article was archived on 5/25/2019

May 22, 2019 6 p.m. - After reviewing the latest information from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Emergency Operations Center is preparing for a historic flooding situation in line with the 1986 floods in Tulsa County.

The Army Corps of Engineers is currently releasing 215,000 cubic feet per second and believe there is a high probability that more water will be released in the coming days that would cause significant flooding in the Tulsa metro. Officials will alert residents when the Army Corps of Engineers increases output rates at any point.

Although it has not been confirmed and as a precautionary measure, Tulsa is planning for the worse and expecting the Keystone Dam will potentially reach 300,000 cubic feet per seconds from the Keystone Dam. Residents are encouraged to be vigilant, aware, and ready to take necessary precautions as warranted. We strongly advise keeping track of the flooding via your local municipality or Tulsa County.

It is recommended residents living in affected neighborhoods along the Arkansas River and in a 100-year floodplain should:

Once evacuated, residents might not be able to get back to evacuated areas for a week or longer.

All residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to this flooding event can call 211, 24/7.

There is an evacuation shelter at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place and Tulsa Animal Welfare advises those with ADA service animals can take them to this 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.

Pedestrians and motorists should not congregate, park, or slow traffic near bridges or overpasses across the Arkansas River. This creates a traffic hazard, especially on high-speed interstates. Do not drive into high water and do not drive around barricades for your safety and for the safety of our first responders. 

Residents should also be familiar with the various siren sounds – tornado and flood sirens. Visit www.cityoftulsa.org/sirens for the various sirens sounds. 

In the next week, check road closures before traveling in the Tulsa area due to future flooding.

Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit www.cityoftulsa.org for updates.