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Oklahoma City Under Deluge

Posted by feww on June 15, 2010

State of emergency declared in 59 Oklahoma counties, as flash floods inundate parts of Oklahoma City

Up t0 10 inches (25cm) of rain deluged parts of the Oklahoma City area leaving hundreds of people stranded.


Cars are stranded and submerged by flood water in Oklahoma City, Okla. after heavy rain hit the area on Monday, June 14, 2010. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams). Image may be subject to copyright. See Fire Earth Fair Use Notice.

A boat carrying firefighters sank when they attempted to rescue a 17-year-old  along a North Canadian River tributary that had its banks collapsed, AP reported.

“About 6,700 homes and businesses lost power, according to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.”

“We had one officer who came in and rescued three carloads of people with families, including children and their pets,” a police spokeswoman said.

“Aerial footage showed one northside Oklahoma City neighborhood where water tinged brick red from nearby Chisholm Creek sat hip-deep in some places and reached the tops of garages in others. Crews ferried families from their homes on small boats and jet skis. At least one person floated his way around on an innertube and other residents gathered in a garage as water worked its way up the driveway,” said the report.

“This is the most flooding that I’ve had since I’ve lived here,” said a resident.

“I’ve never seen it like this,” said another resident. “This is incredible.”

About 200 people have been injured, according to local reports.

Lt. Gov. Jari Askins declared a state of emergency for 59 Oklahoma counties affected by the storms and flooding.

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