Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
Situation Update 11
May 28, 2019 – 4:45 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, Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civil Air Patrol, Oklahoma American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief, Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps 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, 108 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 years old, Payne County
- Female, 5 years old, Mayes County
- Female, 59 years old, Mayes County
- Male, 77 years old, Kay County
- Female, 47 years old, Canadian County
- Male, 54 years old, Canadian County
American Red Cross reports the following shelters are open:
- 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
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 Health Department sites.
The Muskogee County Health Department is offering tetanus shots Tuesday May 28 from 5:30-8:00PM at Fort Gibson High School. The school address is 500 S. Ross, Ft. Gibson, OK.
Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency has Emergency Housing Assistance available to Oklahoma families displaced by recent storms where their home has been left uninhabitable. OHFA provides grants of up to $1,500 for temporary hotel accommodations and/or security or utility deposits for more permanent housing. To apply for assistance, call (405) 419-8196 to leave a message on OHFA’s housing hotline for the disaster housing grant.
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.
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.
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) continues to support the animal shelter in Tulsa. MRC volunteers are currently being scheduled through May 30. An Emergency Small Animal Shelter has been set up at the Expo Square Pavilion and is currently housing 134 animals.
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 Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports that people in need of assistance with livestock or can call Dr. Rod Hall at (580) 257-0254 and Dr. Clayton McCook at (405) 283-3884. 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, Code 3 Associates, 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 or organization. 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.
Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) and Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) have established the Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations which are providing services and support to residents of eastern Oklahoma affected by recent weather-related flooding and tornadic storms. Donations made to the fund will assist with mid- and long-term recovery needs. For more information, visit tulsacf.org/2019storms.
Tulsa SPCA reports donations of non-latex vinyl nitrile gloves, flea & tick prevention for medium-sized dogs, dog water bowls and fleece blankets. Items may be taken to the Pavillon in Expo Square between 8am-5pm. Cash donations may be made on their facebook page.
Hay donations are needed to assist Oklahoma farmers and ranchers after the recent statewide flooding disaster. These donations are currently being accepted at the Muskogee Fairgrounds, located at 1444 S Cherokee St. in Muskogee. For questions or more information, please contact Rowdy Fewel at 918-261-6800.
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.
A Regional Coordination Center has been activated in Pittsburg County to support flooding in McIntosh, Haskell, and Le Flore Counties. Choctaw Nation has provided a sandbagging machine, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has provided game wardens and boats, and Rober S. Kerr powerhouse has provided 1,000 sandbags.
In southwest Oklahoma, voluntary evacuations are still in place for areas in Kiowa, Greer, Jackson, and Tillman counties that are downstream from the Lugert and Tom Steed Dams.
The City of Claremore Emergency Management reports they have responded to approximately 18 stranded/stalled vehicles and 5 flooded building calls since May 20. Several homes and businesses in the area have received damage due to flooding.
El Reno Emergency Management reports private property has been returned to the owners including the mobile home park and hotel. All residents have been placed in a hotel or apartment with one month rent and utilities taken care of. The Jenks-Simmons Fieldhouse Annex will be a location for impacted citizens to receive food, clean up items and other needs.
Le Flore County Emergency Management reports voluntary evacuations are in place for campgrounds and RV parks along the Arkansas River.
Muskogee County Emergency Management reports numerous county roads are closed in areas along and near the Arkansas River. Voluntary evacuations are ongoing in Braggs, and the Oklahoma National Guard performed air evacuations for the town on Friday. A swift water rescue team from Sequoyah County is assisting with water rescues. Webbers Falls remains under a mandatory evacuation order and parts of Ft. Gibson are under a voluntary evacuation order. Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cherokee Nation, and local fire departments have teams in place for water rescues if needed. A road has been built between Muskogee and Braggs to allow emergency vehicles access to citizens until waters recede. Supplies are being sent into Braggs via rail car.
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 as needed.
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/. City of Tulsa reports two locations for transportation assistance via Metro Tulsa Transportation Authority buses for citizens interested in early self-evacuation:
- 104 N Gilcrease Museum Drive
- Wilson Academy, Camron St. & 41st W Ave.
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. Evacuees can shelter at Coweta High School. Coal County and Creek Nation Swift Water Rescue Teams remain in Wagoner County to assist as needed. Wagoner County is building a 400 ft berm to protect the Coweta water treatment plant.
STATE, TRIBAL, AND FEDERAL ASSISTANCE
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has staff deployed to the affected areas, including Tulsa, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties, and the Regional Coordination Center in Pittsburg County.
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.
State Department of Health staff continues to support the Tulsa, Muskogee County, and Wagoner County Emergency Operations Centers and Incident Management Teams.
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is supplying sand bags to Ponca City, Alfalfa County, and Wagoner County
The Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps continues to support shelter operations in Tulsa, Muskogee, and Le Flore Counties.
Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and Oklahoma Department of Transportation are warning citizens against parking on highways and shoulders to take photos of flooding. This creates a dangerous situation for all drivers on the road in that area.
They continue to discourage travel in flood-impacted parts of the state.
The following highways are closed until further notice due to flooding:
***Note: SEQUOYAH CO: East and westbound US-64 is closed between Roland, Okla., and Fort Smith, Ark. All traffic is detoured to I-40. ***
- 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 OPEN; however, drivers are asked 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 OPEN 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 OPEN 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.
- US-177 is closed just north of SH-11 in Blackwell.
- US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa.
- SH-156 is closed between Marland and US-60/US-177.
- SH-19 is OPEN between Roosevelt and Warren.
Le Flore County
- SH-9A is closed northeast of Spiro, west of Fort Smith, Ark.
- SH-74F is closed between Cashion and SH-33 due to pavement damage.
- SH-77 Scenic is closed at Lake Murray Spillway.
- 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-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-20 is OPEN 12.5 miles east of SH-99 at Hominy Creek.
- SH-10 is closed between SH-69A and US-69.
- 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 OPEN 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.
- US-64 is closed between Roland, Okla. and Fort Smith, Ark. All traffic is detoured to I-40.
- 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 between 145 W. Ave. and Avery Dr. near SH-97 in Sand Springs. S 113 W. Ave. will remain open.
- 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.
- US-64 is closed between SH-14, west of Alva, and SH-50 near Freedom due to a damaged construction detour. Detour is SH-14 to US-412 to SH-50.
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.
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.