WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. (KFSM) — Hours after the Muskogee County Emergency Management issued a complete evacuation of Webbers Falls, the agency reported it was already seeing roads flooding.
The Muskogee County Emergency Management issued the evacuation Tuesday afternoon of the town of Webbers Falls in Oklahoma due to flooding.
MCEM reported on its Facebook page Wednesday morning (May 22) that it was beginning to see roads flood in the area. The National Weather Service in Tulsa stated the Arkansas River would crest at Muskokee at 40.1 feet, the second highest stage in recorded history and higher than the flood of 1986.
A graphic showed that Arkansas River levels in the area of Muskogee rose 8 feet since Tuesday, with levels over 35 feet. According to the graphic, 34 feet is considered major flood stage.
MCEM urged residents not to drive through the flooded roads.
The town of Webbers Falls has been posting shelter updates on its Facebook page. The old Gore gym is being used as one such shelter. The old gym at Bacone College, 2299 Old Bacone Road, is also being offered as a shelter.
The town also reposted a suggestion that residents photograph their property and belongings for insurance purposes before leaving.
Anyone needing information can contact Sandy Wright at 918-990-0035, Bobby Ogg at 918-990-1001 or Shiloh McPeak at 918-231-1026.