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August 18-19, 2007 Flash Flooding

Thus far, six fatalities have been confirmed to be a direct result of flash flooding caused by Tropical Depression Erin in Western and Central Oklahoma. Five of the six people were in their vehicles when they were swept away by rising waters. For information on flooding safety, the danger of flash flooding to vehicles, and the National Weather Service's "Turn Around Don't Drown" Campaign, click here.

Observed rainfall total map courtesy of the Oklahoma Climotological Survey. Click on the image to view a full-size version.

Tropical Depression Erin produced copius amounts of rainfall across Oklahoma, exceeding 9 inches in some locations. The Oklahoma Mesonet station with the highest rainfall total was located 4 miles north-northwest of Fort Cobb; it recorded 9.30 inches of rainfall due to Erin. The highest rainfall total associated with Erin, received by the WFO Norman, was from a COCORAHS observer 9.8 miles north-northwest of Geary; the oberver recorded 11.03 inches of rainfall.

Pictures

Here are a few pictures of the damage caused by the flash flooding over parts of Oklahoma.

Left: A bridge washed out when a creek rose quickly. Right: A portion of a road is washed out and impassable.

Left: A car coated with mud after it was submerged in rising flood waters. Right: Damaged road near Minco. Damage was caused when Buggy Creek rose quickly due to the heavy rainfall.

Local Storm Reports

The following are local storm reports (LSRs) issued during the event in question. The only LSRs included on this page concern flash flooding and are spliced from the original LSR and are placed in chronological order.

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE... ....MAG.... ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
..REMARKS..

1055 PM FLASH FLOOD HOBART 35.03N 99.09W
08/18/2007 KIOWA OK EMERGENCY MNGR

DOT IS IN ROUTE TO CLOSE BUSINESS HWY 9 IN HOBART DUE TO
HIGH WATER.

1055 PM FLASH FLOOD MOUNTAIN VIEW 35.10N 98.75W
08/18/2007 KIOWA OK EMERGENCY MNGR

HIGHWAY 9 BETWEEN MOUNTAIN VIEW AND CARNEGIE IS CLOSED
DUE TO HIGH WATER.

1055 PM FLASH FLOOD CYRIL 34.90N 98.20W
08/18/2007 CADDO OK FIRE DEPT/RESCUE

ONE FOOT OF WATER REPORTED OVER ROAD AT JUNCTION OF HWY
277 AND HWY 19.

1219 AM FLASH FLOOD 2 W MOUNTAIN VIEW 35.10N 98.79W
08/19/2007 KIOWA OK EMERGENCY MNGR

COUNTY EMERGENCY MANAGER IS REPORTED WATER FOUR FEET DEEP
OVER HWY 9. NUMEROUS OTHER ROADS IN GOTEBO, HOBART, AND
MOUNTAIN VIEW ARE CLOSED DUE TO THE HIGH WATER.

1226 AM FLASH FLOOD 4 S CARNEGIE 35.05N 98.60W
08/19/2007 CADDO OK AMATEUR RADIO

A CAR WAS WASHED OFF OF HWY 58 FOUR MILES SOUTH OF
CARNEGIE. ANOTHER CAR WAS WASHED OFF THE ROADWAY SIX
MILES SOUTH OF CARNEGIE.

0315 AM FLASH FLOOD 5 E MOUNTAIN VIEW 35.10N 98.66W
08/19/2007 KIOWA OK EMERGENCY MNGR

HOUSE AND TWO VEHICLES REPORTED WASHED AWAY BY RISE IN
STINKING CREEK... ALTHOUGH OFFICIALS COULD NOT GET TO THE
LOCATION DUE TO THE CONTINUED FLOODING. FLOOD WATER IS 5
FEET DEEP AND STILL RISING /AT 415 AM/ NEAR LOCATION OF
THE HOUSE.

0320 AM FLASH FLOOD 4 ESE MOUNTAIN VIEW 35.08N 98.68W
08/19/2007 KIOWA OK AMATEUR RADIO

WATER RESCUES OCCURRING APPROXIMATELY 1 MILE S OF HWY 9
ON COUNTY RD 2420. A 0.5 SECTION OF HWY 9 STILL CLOSED.
STINKING CREEK OUT OF ITS BANKS.

0330 AM FLASH FLOOD 1 W TUTTLE 35.29N 97.83W
08/19/2007 GRADY OK PUBLIC

SEVERAL FEET OF WATER COVERING HWY 37

0345 AM FLASH FLOOD EL RENO 35.53N 97.95W
08/19/2007 CANADIAN OK BROADCAST MEDIA

HWY 81 CLOSED NEAR I-40 DUE TO WATER. SEMI AND CAR
STRANDED. REPORTED BY KOCO TV.

0436 AM FLASH FLOOD YUKON 35.51N 97.75W
08/19/2007 CANADIAN OK EMERGENCY MNGR

HIGHWAYS 4 AND 92 CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.

0459 AM FLASH FLOOD 2 SW EAKLY 35.29N 98.58W
08/19/2007 CADDO OK TRAINED SPOTTER

HWY 152 IMPASSABLE DUE TO HIGH WATER 1/2 E OF HWY 58

0500 AM FLASH FLOOD NORMAN 35.22N 97.44W
08/19/2007 CLEVELAND OK NWS EMPLOYEE

0500 AM FLASH FLOOD 3 SE THOMAS 35.72N 98.71W
08/19/2007 CUSTER OK EMERGENCY MNGR

ROAD WASHED OUT

0534 AM FLASH FLOOD KINGFISHER 35.86N 97.93W
08/19/2007 KINGFISHER OK EMERGENCY MNGR

4 FEET OF WATER FLOWING OVER HIGHWAY 33 IN KINGFISHER. 4
TO 5 FEET OF WATER FLOWING OVER HIGHWAY 81 BETWEEN
KINGFISHER AND DOVER. CARS STALLED DUE TO WATER OVER
HIGHWAY 81 NORTH OF OKARCHE.

0535 AM FLASH FLOOD OKLAHOMA CITY 35.47N 97.51W
08/19/2007 OKLAHOMA OK BROADCAST MEDIA

SEVERAL FEET OF WATER AT NW 36TH AND BROADWAY. FOUR CARS
STRANDED.

0630 AM FLASH FLOOD NORMAN 35.22N 97.44W
08/19/2007 CLEVELAND OK EMERGENCY MNGR

HOMES FLOODED ON LAHOMA STREET. NUMEROUS ROADS IN NORMAN
FLOODED.

0900 AM FLASH FLOOD KINGFISHER 35.86N 97.93W
08/19/2007 KINGFISHER OK BROADCAST MEDIA

1000 AM FLASH FLOOD SHAWNEE 35.34N 96.92W
08/19/2007 POTTAWATOMIE OK EMERGENCY MNGR

1215 PM FLASH FLOOD SEMINOLE 35.23N 96.67W
08/19/2007 SEMINOLE OK EMERGENCY MNGR

FLOODING IN TOWN, AS WELL AS ACROSS OTHER PORTIONS OF THE
COUNTY.

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