OKC officials searching rivers for missing storm victims
OKLAHOMA CITY – The search continues for missing people swept away by the high flood waters of Friday’s deadly storm.
Monday, Oklahoma City authorities walked the banks, hoping for any signs of the missing people.
“We’re searching for anything that gives us any sign for any indication of any victims,” OKC Fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodard said.
The search is not easy; crews are dealing with treacherous terrain and large creeks anywhere between 100 to 200 feet wide and between 50 to 60 feet deep.
Officials are looking for victims in the Deep Fork River, a 34-year-old woman and an 8-year-old girl.
They are searching the Oklahoma River for an adult male and three kids, all under the age of four.
These people were seeking shelter from Friday’s tornado in storm drains.
“Water is very powerful; about six inches of water can take a grown man off its feet if it’s got enough current and enough pressure,” Woodard said.
The Oklahoma City Fire Department has four engine crews, a brush pumper and a couple battalion chiefs all working together to find some answers.
“Hopefully we can find the rest of these victims and give the families some closure, just close this out for them and give them some comfort in knowing that they’re all accounted for,” Woodard said.
Along with city crews, family and friends have joined the search to find their loved ones.