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Rain, flooding to continue today across Oklahoma

From Staff Reports Modified: August 19, 2008 at 11:08 am •  Published: August 19, 2008

As much as 10 inches of rain has been reported since Monday near the Red River. Rain and flooding are expected to continue today across the state.

Heavy rain is expected to continue through tonight across most of the eastern two-thirds of Oklahoma, causing flooding east of Interstate 35 and south of I-40, according to the National Weather Service.

Rain is expected to diminish slowly on Wednesday and Wednesday night, as an upper-level low pressure system slowly moves east and weakens.

Flooding has caused several problems since Monday morning in and near Waurika in Jefferson County, according to the county's emergency management director, including:

• One foot of water in some homes in Waurika.

• Three feet of water over 200 yards of U.S. 70, five miles east of Waurika.

• About 10 1/2 inches of rain, from 5 a.m. Monday to 4 a.m. today, reported at Waurika's fire department.

• Surden Bridge on U.S. 81 reportedly under water.

The flood threat is expected to end by Wednesday.

Precipitation has inundated some low-lying areas and streams in western Oklahoma, but water is helping ease the drought in the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Skies today across the state are expected to be mainly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain in all but the southeast, where precipitation is likely. Temperatures should reach the 70s statewide before falling into the mid-50s to mid-60s tonight.

On Wednesday, skies should be partly cloudy and conditions should dry in the Panhandle, but it is expected to be wet and a little warmer elsewhere. Temperatures should reach the mid-70s to mid-80s.

Rain thunderstorms are possible in all but the Panhandle on Thursday and highs should reach the 80s and 90s. Lows should be in the 60s Thursday night.

Flood advisories, warnings, watch issued

Small stream flood advisory

Until 1:15 p.m. today: southern Cleveland, eastern Caddo, northwestern Garvin, central Grady and McClain counties.

Until 1:45 p.m. today: Carter, southwestern Garvin, southeastern Grady, northeastern Jefferson, Love, southwestern Marshall, western Murray and eastern Stephens counties.

A small stream flood advisory means river or stream flows are elevated or ponding of water in urban or other areas is occurring or is imminent.

Flood warning

Until 4:15 p.m. today: Urban areas and small streams in northeastern Canadian, southeastern Kingfisher, southwestern Logan and northwestern Oklahoma counties.

American Red Cross flood safety tips NWS flood safety tips

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