Flooding prompts rescues in parts of OKC metro

From staff reports Modified: August 19, 2008 at 2:07 pm •  Published: August 19, 2008
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Chad and Valerie Wagner are without a home today after being rescued by boat from their flooded residence near Banner Road and State Highway 66.

By 8:30 a.m., the water had risen so much in their home they had to call for help to get out, Valerie Wagner said. The fire department responded about 9:15 a.m.

By 9:30 a.m., firefighters had rescued the couple, their two boys and a dog. The family stood on a bridge as rising water overtook their home.

And this is not the first time the couple has watched their home be swallowed up by floodwater. It’s the third.

“It’s really baffling. It’s sad because we just finished the house yesterday,” Wagner said. She was referring to finishing repairs to the flood damages caused by a similar storm a year ago.

But unlike the two previous floods, the family is leaving for good this time, she said. In the meantime, they will seek housing from the Red Cross.

Flooding widespread

As water continued to rise in the area, other residents had to be rescued from vehicles and homes, said Jerry Smith, Canadian County Emergency Management Director.

El Reno firefighters used boats to reach those who were stranded.

“I’m sure there is going to be property damage in homes. American Red Cross flood safety tips NWS flood safety tips

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