Portions Of U.S. 64, I-40 Shutdown Due To High Water — Now Open

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SEQUOYAH COUNTY(KFSM) -- US-64 and I-40 are now open, according to Muldrow police.

Earlier, Interstate 40 west bound and east bound was closed due to high water at mile marker 311 and 318.5, according to a release from Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

Also, US-64B was shutdown about 1.5 miles west of Muldrow because of flooding, OHP said.

Original story:

This is Highway 64,  west of Muldrow.

Photo: Jo Ellison

5News Reporter Jo Ellison was told by officials, "The only way to get to Sallisaw from Fort Smith is to use Highway 9A through Arkoma going into Spiro."

"The best way to Sallisaw, from the train derailment site, is to take Highway 101," according to a resident.

Interstate 40 West is blocked off in Roland, in Sequoyah County.

In Sequoyah at E 1060 Road, these two men are stuck in the flooded area and are standing on a van.

Emergency crews are now on scene assisting them.

Monica Clark was headed to Sallisaw, Oklahoma and said everything was inundated by water all around her.

Courtesy: Monica Clark. Near Gans, Oklahoma.

Courtesy: Monica Clark. Near Gans, Oklahoma.

Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was under a flood warning by the National Weather Service.  Between 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.  Sallisaw got soaked with more than six inches of rain.

From 5News Meteorologist Garrett Lewis:

The heaviest rain late Saturday (Aug. 12) into Sunday (Aug. 13) morning fell across Eastern Oklahoma and was localized to Sequoyah County.

The Oklahoma Mesonet site in Sallisaw recorded 6.02" within the last 12 hours.

Totals diminished significantly away from Sallisaw. In Roland, Sequoyah County, rain totals were around 1.67" while Poteau pick up only .95".

Here were the recent totals in Arkansas:

  • Fort Smith: 1.26"
  • Fayetteville: 1.48"
  • NW Regional: 0.38"

Heavy rain in the early morning hours of Sunday (Aug. 13), led to flooding in area.