Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 9
May 26, 2019 – 7:30 p.m.
FLOODING AND SEVERE WEATHER IMPACTS STATE
As a result of flooding and severe weather impacts 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 including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Insurance Department, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma State Department of Education, Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services - Oklahoma Public Safety Broadband Network, Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department State Parks Division, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Air Patrol, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief and the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
STATE OF EMERGENCY
A State of Emergency remains in effect for all 77 counties due to flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that began in April. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.
RESIDENTS ASKED TO REPORT DAMAGE
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management continues to ask residents impacted by the recent storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov or by calling 211. Reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts. Residents can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey.
INJURIES & FATALITIES
According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, 92 injuries have been reported by area hospitals.
Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports six fatalities attributed to flooding and severe weather.
- Female, 53, Payne County
- Male, 58, Stephens County
- Two fatalities in Mayes County from May 21
- Two fatalities in El Reno from May 25
From now until June 14, 2019, several relief agencies are staffing a free hotline for muck-out, debris removal, and home cleanup from the recent statewide storms and flooding. This hotline will connect survivors with reputable and vetted relief agencies that will assist in debris cleanup and mucking out, as they are able. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the expected overwhelming need. The public may call 800-451-1954 to request help with storm and flooding related cleanup. Those requests will be shared with relief organizations at crisiscleanup.org.
American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open due to high water:
- Coweta High School, 14607 S. 305th E Ave, Coweta
- Faith Church, 1901 W 171st, Glenpool
- First Christian Church, 2424 N. Main, Miami
- Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Rd, Muskogee
- Roland High School, 300 Ranger Blvd, Roland
- Spiro Middle School, 600 W. Broadway St, Spiro
- Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral, Tulsa
- First Baptist Church, 304 E. Hickory Ave, Fort Gibson
- Jenks Simmons Fieldhouse/Annex, 214 N. Country Club Rd, El Reno
American Red Cross also delivered cots and blankets to the Crosstown Church in Tulsa. Their Disaster Mental Health division provided emotional support and counseling to shelter staff and clients at First Christian Church in Miami and Crosstown Church in Tulsa.
Canadian County Health Department will be providing tetanus shots to those involved with storm damage cleanup free of charge beginning Tuesday at the El Reno and Yukon sites.
Salvation Army of Central Oklahoma mobilized their mobile feeding unit to offer support to first responders and survivors of the El Reno tornado.
The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs reports that veterans who 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.
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) continues to support the animal shelter in Tulsa. MRC volunteers are currently being scheduled through Sunday. An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion where approximately 60 animals are sheltered.
A small animal shelter utilizing equipment from Humane Society of Tulsa is set up in conjunction with an American Red Cross human shelter at Bacone College Warrior Gym, 2299 Old Bacone Road, Muskogee.
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps is also coordinating with the American Red Cross to support shelter needs in Tulsa, Muskogee, Warner and Fort Gibson.
The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports that people with horses and cattle in need of assistance can call Dr. Rod Hall at (580) 257-0254 and Dr. Clayton Cook at (575) 405-9556. Anyone with facilities that can temporarily keep 10 or more horses from the evacuated areas are also asked to call Dr. Hall.
A large animal shelter is set up at Muskogee Roundup Club. American Humane Association and Oklahoma Large Animal First Responders are supporting this shelter.
HOW TO HELP – DONATION INFORMATION
When disaster strikes, the best way to support survivors of emergencies or disasters in Oklahoma is with cash donations to reputable voluntary organizations. Cash donations allow relief organizations or survivors to purchase what they need, when and where they need it. Buying supplies locally helps the local community recover by helping local businesses pay salaries and by keeping tax revenues in the community.
Do not send additional items unless specifically requested by a local community. Do not send unsolicited donations of used clothing, miscellaneous items or perishable foods, which must be sorted, warehoused, transported and distributed. This requires more efforts and staffing to manage those resources and takes away from recovery efforts.
A flood relief fund has been set up through the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation for Oklahoma Cattlemen affected by the ongoing flooding across the state. One hundred percent of the donated funds will be distributed to the affected cattlemen. Donate at https://www.okcattlemen.org/flood-relief-fund.
El Reno Emergency Management and Canadian County Emergency Management reports search and rescue efforts are now complete after an EF3 tornado struck the area last night.
Jackson County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations below Altus-Lugert Lake for possible future discharges from the lake.
Le Flore County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations are in place for campgrounds and RV parks along the Arkansas River.
Logan County Emergency Management reports evacuations in the town of Coyle. Evacuations in the Twin Lakes area has been cancelled and residents have been allowed to return home.
Muskogee County Emergency Management reports numerous county roads are closed in areas along and near the Arkansas River. The Oklahoma National Guard performed air evacuations for the Town of Braggs last night. A swift water rescue team from Sequoyah County is assisting with water rescues. A Muskogee County Sheriff Deputy and an ambulance crew were assigned to the Town of Braggs where there is currently no way in or out of the town. Voluntary evacuations are ongoing in Braggs. Webbers Falls remains under a mandatory evacuation order and parts of Ft. Gibson are under a voluntary evacuation order. Personnel from Pittsburg County Emergency Management have been providing Emergency Operations Center support. Liaisons from Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and Oklahoma Management and Enterprise Services will also be on site to assist.
Rogers County Emergency Management reports a voluntary evacuation for low lying areas along and near the Verdigris River in Rogers County. Evacuated residents can shelter at the Crosstown Church of Christ in Tulsa. The Guymon swift water rescue taskforce is responding to water rescue missions.
Sequoyah County Emergency Management reports flooding is extensive in Moffett, which is now completely evacuated. Water and power are out in Moffett, but operational across the rest of the county. Some roads are closed in low-lying areas.
Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency is providing their latest updates at https://www.cityoftulsa.org/press-room/.
Wagoner County Emergency Management reports a voluntary evacuation order remains in place for all low-lying areas near the Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers. Verdigris River levels are rising and flooding impacts are expected in communities including Oak Grove, Okay, and Wybark. Creek Nation swift water rescue team is assisting overnight with water rescues. Evacuees can shelter at Coweta High School.
STATE, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties.
Liaisons from Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, and Oklahoma Management and Enterprise Services will be supporting the Emergency Operations Center in Muskogee County.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation delivered barricades to Dewey County to help block flooded roads.
Cherokee Nation is in command on the east side of the Arkansas River in Muskogee County (Ft. Gibson area). Ft Gibson Police and Fire Departments and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians are assisting. Muskogee County Emergency Management is in command on the east side. Cherokee Nation will be operating through the weekend.
State Department of Health staff continues to support the Muskogee County, Wagoner County, and Choctaw Nation Emergency Operations Centers and Incident Management Teams.
Oklahoma Department of Transportation is discouraging travel in flood-impacted parts of the state this weekend.
The following highways are closed until further notice due to flooding:
- SH-8 is closed between US-64 and SH-58 near Burlington.
- The I-40 southern service road (old Route 66) is closed at MM19 near Sayre for extended repairs due to road damage.
- US-81 between SH-66 and I-40 and the I-40 off-ramps to US-81 (mm 125) in El Reno are now OPEN. Drivers are asked to to avoid this area as tornado debris clean-up efforts continue.
- SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake.
- SH-80 is closed near the Canyon Rd. access area just north of Fort Gibson.
- SH-5B is closed 1.5 miles north of US-70.
- SH-127 is closed just west of US-59 near Jay due to a damaged drainage structure.
- US-81 is closed between Pond Creek and Medford.
- SH-48A is closed to through traffic between the SH-48 junction in Coleman and SH-7 in Milburn due to a damaged construction detour.
- The I-35 on and off-ramps at Braman Rd. (mm 230) near Braman are closed. The I-35 lanes are open.
- US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa.
- SH-156 is closed between Marland and US-60/US-177.
- SH-9 is OPEN three miles west of Hobart.
- SH-19 is closed between Roosevelt and Warren.
- US-81 is closed north of SH-33 in Kingfisher.
- SH-33 is closed west of US-81 in Kingfisher
Le Flore County
- SH-9A is closed northeast of Spiro, west of Fort Smith, Ark.
- US-77 is closed at the Cimarron River three miles north of Guthrie
- US-77 is closed eight miles south of SH-51 near Mulhall.
- SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage.
- SH-74 is closed three miles south of SH-51 at Skeleton Creek.
- SH-77 Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway.
- SH-82 is closed at Grand River south of Langley.
- SH-10 is closed at Big Greenleaf Creek 3.5 miles south of Braggs.
- SH-10 is closed two miles east of the US-62 junction near Fort Gibson.
- US-62 is closed between SH-80 near Fort Gibson and SH-165 in Muskogee.
- SH-104 is closed at Coal Creek just east of Haskell.
- Southbound SH-165 is closed at US-62 in Muskogee. Drivers are detoured west on US-62. Northbound SH-165 is narrowed to one lane at US-62.
- SH-15 is closed west of Red Rock.
- SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah due to damage to a drain.
- SH-28 is closed between US-60 and US-169 near Nowata.
- SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami.
- US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69 near Miami.
- US-69 is closed between SH-125 and US-59/SH-10 near Miami.
- SH-18 is closed about five miles north of SH-33 near Cushing.
- US-169 is closed eight miles north of SH-88 near Talala.
- SH-88 is closed seven miles east of US-169 near Oologah.
- Eastbound US-64 is closed between Roland and Fort Smith, Ark.
- SH-64D is closed from I-40 east of Roland to US-64 west of Fort Smith, Ark.
- US-64/SH-100 is closed from the US-64/SH-100 junction near Webbers Falls to east of the Ray Fine bridge near Gore.
- SH-51 is closed just west of SH-97 near Sand Springs.
- Southbound US-69 is closed north of Muskogee at the Arkansas River. Drivers should use SH-51 or locate an alternate route such as SH-351/Muskogee Turnpike, which has eliminated tolls between US-69 and SH-165.
- SH-16 is closed near the Muskogee Turnpike just north of Muskogee.
- SH-16 is closed northwest of Okay.
- SH-72 is closed from East 201st South to just north of the Arkansas River bridge near Coweta
- SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey.
- SH-55 is closed west of Sentinel.
- US-64 is closed between SH-14, west of Alva, and SH-50 near Freedom due to a damaged construction detour.
For official information about highway closures due to flooding, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation posts updates in the Traffic Advisory section of www.odot.org. An interactive map showing highway conditions and closures can be found at www.okroads.org.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports 9,792 outages statewide.
OG&E - Total: 8,440
Fort Gibson: 1101
Oklahoma City: 295
El Reno: 99
PSO - Total: 1,233
Scattered, small outages reported in the following counties:
Creek, Delaware, Kiowa, Mayes and Rogers
COOPERATIVES (by county)
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - TOTAL: 69
Lake Region Electric Cooperative - TOTAL: 50
EMERGENCY PRICE STABILIZATION ACT IN EFFECT
The state’s price gouging statute is in effect for all 77 Oklahoma counties. The Emergency Price Stabilization Act prohibits an increase of more than 10% for the price of goods and services after a declared emergency. The statute triggers automatically after the governor issues a state of emergency. The law allows the attorney general to pursue charges against individuals or businesses that engage in price gouging.
For more information or to report a complaint, individuals can contact the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Unit by phone at (405) 521-2029, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.