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Flooding causing major issues for drivers across the metro

OKLAHOMA CITY – Drivers were encouraged to stay off the roads as heavy rain and thunderstorms moved through the metro.

Severe thunderstorms started moving across central Oklahoma on Thursday morning, bringing heavy rain and lightning to the area.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Oklahoma, Logan and Canadian counties until 12 p.m. on Thursday.

Radar indicates that almost three inches of rain fell between Bethany and The Village in a short amount of time.

Traffic became congested after streets across the metro began to flood.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff announced that N.W. 234th and Rockwell in Deer Creek is underwater and closed.

Also, Oklahoma City firefighters closed parts of the Lake Hefner Parkway near Memorial Rd. after flooding became an issue under the bridge.

A car stalled in the floodwaters near Hefner and Pennsylvania Ave.

Two men had to rescue another driver near Memorial Rd. and Pennsylvania Ave. after several cars became stuck in the water.

Cars stuck near Memorial and Pennsylvania

Northbound I-235, between N.W. 36th St. and I-44, is closed due to flooding in the area. Drivers are encouraged to find another route.

Photo of I-235. Credit: Jeremiah Lane

Officials say drivers should avoid low lying areas and not drive into flooded roadways. If you encounter flooded roadways, you are encouraged to turn around and find another route.

Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause flooding of small creeks, streams, highways, streets and underpasses as well as drainage areas and low lying spots.