Twisters, severe flooding terrorize state
OKLAHOMA CITY — The tornadoes may be gone, but the danger is still here. Residents in many parts of the state are dealing with flooding left behind by Friday’s tornado outbreak.
Floyd Bowman is one of 200 people evacuated because of severe flooding. The father of three safely weathered the tornadoes, but it wasn’t until the next morning that he realized his family was still in danger. “I got the kids up, we waded through water, and got picked up by a big truck, thank God.”
Flood waters created a massive sinkhole at N.E. 23rd and Air Depot. Police were forced to block the busy road. It was a problem they thought would soon subside, but it’s only getting worse.
“Every 10 minutes or so we see a large chunk of earth keep falling in, asphalt falling in.” Major David Richardson said. “We know it keeps washing out underneath there because the water’s not slowing down. It’s going to create an issue that’s an unsafe area for drivers.”
That’s just one example of severe flooding all around Oklahoma. Friday night’s storm dumped 10 inches of rain on some parts of the Sooner state.
“I came around this way and saw this terrible surprise of the street washing out.” Willa Johnson, District 1 County Commissioner, said. “I had no idea that it was that bad.”
Officials are asking drivers to stay away from and not drive through flooded areas.