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Flash Flooding
 

Summary

 

Six fatalities were 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.

 

Flood Damage Photos

 

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.