Collaborator: City of Tulsa
Published: 05/22/2019, 8:27 PM
Edited: 03/11/2021, 10:22 AM
(TULSA, Okla.) UPDATE: Friday morning, The Army Corps of Engineers announced it would be releasing 215,000 cubic feet per second at 10 a.m. and releasing 250,000 cubic feet per second beginning at noon with the expectation of leaving it at this rate for four days. Based on the release rates at noon, Sand Springs and the western part of Tulsa County is expected to see the first impact in approximately two hours and central Tulsa approximately four to six hours and south Tulsa County in approximately eight to 10 hours. ORIGINAL STORY: After reviewing the latest information from the United States Army Corps of Engineers, the Emergency Operations Center is preparing for a historic flooding situation in line with the 1986 floods in Tulsa County. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently releasing 215,000 cubic feet per second and believe there is a high probability that more water will be released in the coming days that would cause significant flooding in the Tulsa metro. Officials will alert residents when the Army Corps of Engineers increases output rates at any point. Although it has not been confirmed and as a precautionary measure, Tulsa is planning for the worse and expecting the Keystone Dam will potentially reach 300,000 cubic feet per seconds from the Keystone Dam. Residents are encouraged to be vigilant, aware, and ready to take necessary precautions as warranted. We strongly advise keeping track of the flooding via your local municipality or Tulsa County. It is recommended residents living in affected neighborhoods along the Arkansas River and in a 100-year floodplain should: Prepare immediately for evacuations. If you leave your home, take all electric precautions by switching off the main breaker to electricity and disconnect any emergency power system, like generators. Have a packed bag with prescriptions and clothing for a multiple-day period. Charge your cell phones and place them in low-power mode, put valuables in a higher place, bring your pets with you. Leave your home with important identification for you and any members of your family and take videos/pictures of your home for insurance purposes. If you are an evacuee or someone you know is evacuated and requires home health care and/or in-home hospice care, you need to let your health care agency know where you are sheltering so you can continue to receive services. It is important to have a two-week supply of prescription medication on hand and ready if/when you evacuated. In addition, have copies of all prescription medication with dosage, prescribing doctor, and pharmacy. This includes mental health medications. Communicate this message with those in your life who may need assistance with this. Communicate with members of your family who need to take these precautions but have physical limitations that may prevent them from doing so. Once evacuated, residents might not be able to get back to evacuated areas for a week or longer. All residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to this flooding event can call 211, 24/7. There is an evacuation shelter at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place and Tulsa Animal Welfare advises those with ADA service animals can take them to this location. All other pets can go to the temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Pedestrians and motorists should not congregate, park, or slow traffic near bridges or overpasses that cross the Arkansas River. This creates a traffic hazard, especially on high-speed interstates. Do not drive into high water and do not drive around barricades for your safety and for the safety of our first responders. Residents should also be familiar with the various siren sounds - tornado and flood sirens. Visit for the various sirens sounds. In the next week, check road closures before traveling in the Tulsa area due to future flooding. Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit for updates. Below are the maps that are being used by emergency personnel for planning purposes City of Tulsa Hazard Mitigation Plan: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Flooded Areas October 1986


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