Heavy rains hampering recovery efforts

Posted on: 7:05 am, June 4, 2013, by , updated on: 10:21am, June 4, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY — The medical examiner confirmed 18 people died in Friday’s tornado and the flooding that followed.

Of those deaths, 12 were adults six of the victims were children.

Governor Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in 41 counties because of the strong storms, tornadoes and flash flooding.

Tuesday morning, the search continues for more victims who were swept away in flood waters near I-40 and Western near the Oklahoma River.

The storms Tuesday are hampering the search and recovery efforts.

Five people remain missing after seeking refuge in storm drains.

Seven people were swept away in the deep fork river after seeking shelter in a storm drain near N.W. 26th St. and Meridian Friday night.

The bodies of Samual Cifuentes, his wife Florinda and little son Alex have all been recovered. This family of four also disappeared with the flood waters.

The three kids have now been found.

The mother, Yolanda Santos, remains missing.

Monday the volunteers found the body of 7-year-old Leslie Serat.

Five others remain missing along the Oklahoma River.

Fire crews said it was too dangerous to get dive crews in the river Monday.

With all this added rain, it will make the water even more treacherous.