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Heavy Rains Bring Flooding in Oklahoma City Area

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Heavy Rains Bring Flooding in Oklahoma City Area

Saturday, June 12, 2010

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••• Flash floods hit Oklahoma City, the capital of U.S. state of Oklahoma on Monday, paralyzing the city and causing scattered power outages.

The city’s fire department estimated that there were 20 to 30 rescues of people trapped in cars, homes or businesses Monday morning, according to CNN.

TV footage showed people were trapped by floods, which officials described as “the worst” that the city has seen in some 25 years.

Evacuations are under way in some neighborhoods, said Mayor Mick Cornett.

A local electricity company said about 4,000 customers are out of power.

Portions of several highways in the city are closed, and authorities urged motorists to stay home.

Oklahoma City Police spokeswoman Kristy Yager said police are trying to manage stalled vehicles, barricade flooded streets and help people.

The floods are caused by heavy rains, officials said.

No injuries were immediately reported but drivers were being warned to stay off the roads, Oklahoma Police Lt. Gamille Hardin said. Portions of interstates 35, 44 and 235 were closed, as were numerous smaller thoroughfares in and out of the metro area.

Parts of northwest Oklahoma County have received more than 10 inches of rain since 03:00 am.

Commuters coming from Edmond are urged to avoid the Broadway Extension. Flooding has closed the highway near N.W. 50th Street.

Arcadia Lake is closed. The lake has now risen 10’4″ and is expected to continue to rise at a rapid rate. The Corp of Engineers is watching it closely and will take any necessary action. Edmond and Spring Creek parks are now closed. No new campers are being allowed in, but campers at Scissortail and Central State Park have been moved to higher ground.

A Red Cross Emergency Center has been set up at Will Rogers Elementary.
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