June 13, 2010 Oklahoma flash floods are being blamed on heavy rains throughout the central part of Oklahoma which is already drenched by the lack of drainage systems. Interstate 33 one of Oklahoma’s main interstate highways was shut down as road closures everywhere hamper rescue workers as water leaks into nearby homes in the Chandler area.
The American Red Cross has set up emergency centers for homeowners flooded out by the torrential downpour of heavy rains in the Lawton-Cameron Church and the First United Methodist in Cache.
The reports on Friday from the National Weather Service were : cloudy with thunderstorms but it is unclear whether enough warnings were issued to the areas affected by these deadly flash floods. Motorists are advised to take extreme precautions when traveling on Interstate 44, Sangre, Highway 51 and at Innovation Way.
The Southwest portion of the State is facing floods also threatening homes and businesses and a man in Guthrie was sucked into a drainage pipe barely surviving the incident and his badly injured leg was saved. Michael Cox was swept into 60 feet of the drainage pipe holding his breath until he came out the other end and is lucky to be alive.
The state’s creeks or rivers were overflowing in most of the state and rescue workers continued to save people and evacuate areas of flooding when people were trapped in their flooded homes.
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