Stillwater News

June 6 Update (1 p.m.): Flooding and Severe Weather Threats

Released:Jun 06, 2019

Status: This page is created to notify residents about potential flood and severe weather emergencies Thursday, June 6.


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(STILLWATER, OKLAHOMA, June 6, 2019) – Stillwater is currently under a flash flood warning until 3 p.m., with the possibility of it reissuing throughout the day.

The National Weather Service lists Stillwater at a slight risk for flooding. As of noon today, 0.55 inches of rain has fallen.

Estimates project that Stillwater will receive an average of one to three inches of rainfall today, with the potential for higher rainfall in isolated areas.

With the continued rain and saturated ground, Stillwater could see road closings due to flooding. The rainfall is not expected to affect homes at this time.

The City of Stillwater’s Emergency Management department is monitoring the weather and will respond to any flooding situations.

Should roads flood, city staff will attempt to place barricades at the site to prevent traffic. You should never attempt to drive or walk through a flooded road or area, even if it is not barricaded.

Emergency Management will update the City’s road closings map with any emergency road closures due to flooding as time permits.

View the road closures map at http://stillwater.org/road-closing

Do not remove a barricade from a street at any time, even if the street looks clear of water.

Based on weather projections, the rainfall should start to slow by 7 p.m. and should finish by midnight.

Tips During a Flood

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.

  • Listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!

  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.

  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.

  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.

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Watch versus Warning

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

  • A severe thunderstorm watch is issued whenever thunderstorms are possible in and near the watch area. Stay informed and be ready to act if a severe thunderstorm warning is issued. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

  • Severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property. Take shelter in a substantial building. Get out of mobile homes that can blow over in high winds. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a large hail or damaging wind identified by an NWS forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Flood Watch

  • A watch is used when the risk of a hazardous weather or hydrologic event has increased significantly, but its occurrence, location, and/or timing is still uncertain. It is intended to provide enough lead time so that those who need to set their plans in motion can do so.

Flood Warning

  • A warning is issued when a hazardous weather or hydrologic event is occurring, is imminent, or has a very high probability of occurring. A warning is used for conditions posing a threat to life or property.

Tornado Watch

  • A tornado watch is issued when tornadoes are possible in and near the watch area. Review and discuss your emergency plans and check supplies and your safe room. Be ready to act quickly if a warning is issued or you suspect a tornado is approaching. Acting early helps to save lives! Watches are issued by the Storm Prediction Center for counties where tornadoes may occur. The watch area is typically large, covering numerous counties or even states.

Tornado Warning

  • A tornado warning is issued when a tordado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar. There is imminent danger to life and property. Move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home, a vehicle, or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Warnings are issued by your local forecast office. Warnings typically encompass a much smaller area (around the size of a city or small county) that may be impacted by a tornado identified by a forecaster on radar or by a trained spotter/law enforcement who is watching the storm.

Intersections & Roadways Prone to Flash Flooding

The following intersections and roadways are prone to flooding. These sections are collection points for large areas of runoff and flood quickly, however the water can dissipate quickly as well.

Be aware that water can move swiftly and deeper than appears if you travel these areas. Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters when present.

  • Miller Avenue and Duck Street

  • Husband Street and Connell Avenue

  • Lakeview Road and North Star Drive

  • West University Avenue and South McFarland Street

  • 14th Avenue between Main Street and Perkins Road

  • 12th Avenue and Duncan Street


Tips During a Flood

  • Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.

  • If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.

  • Listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!

  • Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.

  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.

  • If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.


Resources


Media

City of Stillwater Severe Weather Notifications

City of Stillwater Online Services

Ready.gov PSA

How to Turn Off Your Utilities

  • Water

  • Electric

  • Oklahoma Natural Gas

City of Stillwater Emergency Management Agency SEMA Here is a list of the current road closures:
Airport Industrial Road (south of the airport)
3rd & Main Street

Berry & Arrington
12th Street from Husband to Duck
14th from Perkins to Main
Lakeview & North Star Dr
Miller & Duck
McElroy & Duck & Scott
Husband & Connell
Duck & Cantwell
21st & Main 
26th & Walnut
Redbud & Manning
6th & Arrington
Strckland Park (Main entrance)
19th & Sangre
University & McFarland

There will be many more coming.....stay tuned.

 

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