May 28, 2019

Oklahoma, Arkansas Prepare for “Worst-Ever Flooding”

Storms in Oklahoma & Arkansas have left nine dead & damaged properties

 Storms in Oklahoma & Arkansas have left nine dead & damaged properties

The states of Oklahoma and Arkansas have been hit by “worst-ever flooding” as more storms come through the region, according to USA Today. The storms have left nine dead and multiple damage from the high winds and flooding. The Oklahoma National Guard patrolled the city’s levee system in Tulsa.

"The levee system is still operating as designed," said Mayor G.T. Bynum Monday, according to USA Today. "We are asking for everyone to prepare for the worst-case scenario ... the worst flood in our history."

The mayor has urged those who live near the levees to relocate as the city opened multiple shelters. According to CNN, all 77 counties in Oklahoma are under a state of emergency because of the flooding.

The Department of Emergency Management said the emergency is because of the “flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that began in April,” according to CNN.

“We still have water still rising in the east,” Gov. Kevin Stitt said Monday. “We are not out of the woods yet.”

The weather service in Tulsa warned residents of severe weather treated Tuesday with storms, hail and tornadoes in the forecast. According to CNN, the declaration indicates that state agencies can make emergency purchases of items needed for delivery to local jurisdictions.

In Fort Smith, Ark., the city experience record flooding and high-water rescues were underway, Mayor George McGill said.

"It's a sight that we've never seen before, but just like we recovered from other record-breaking floods we will recover from this," McGill said to USA Today. "There is nothing you can do about Mother Nature."

Meteorologists recorded tornadoes in Colorado, Iowa, and Indiana Monday. According to the weather service’s Storm Prediction Center, some tornadoes also were in Minnesota, Illinois and Idaho. Houses were damaged, but no injuries were reported, according to USA Today.

"There are early indications this weather pattern could return next weekend and into the following week with more rounds of severe weather across the central U.S," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said to USA Today.