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Flooding predicted for northwest Oklahoma communities

by Silas Allen Modified: July 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm •  Published: July 2, 2014
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The National Weather Service’s Norman forecast office has issued a flood warning for areas along the Cimarron River in Harper County for Thursday and Friday. From the National Weather Service:

* FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON TO FRIDAY EVENING.

* AT 7:30 AM WEDNESDAY THE STAGE WAS 5.1 FEET.

* MINOR FLOODING IS FORECAST.

* FLOOD STAGE IS 6.0 FEET.

* FORECAST…THE CIMARRON RIVER WILL RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE EARLY THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 6.7 FEET EARLY FRIDAY MORNING. THE CIMARRON RIVER WILL FALL BELOW FLOOD STAGE EARLY FRIDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACT…AT 7 FEET…FLOOD DEPTHS UP TO A FOOT AFFECT CROPLANDS… PASTURES…AND OTHER LOW-LYING AREAS NEAR THE RIVER. AREAS AFFECTED EXTEND FROM NEAR THE OKLAHOMA-KANSAS STATE LINE… DOWNSTREAM TO NEAR FREEDOM. CATTLE AND OTHER PROPERTY SHOULD BE RELOCATED TO PLACES WHICH ARE HIGHER THAN NEARBY RIVER BANKS…TO AVOID BEING ISOLATED BY DEEP WATER IN SIDE CHANNELS.

Most of Harper County has seen heavy rainfall this week. Buffalo has received 4.7 inches of rain over the past five days, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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