Widespread weeks of heavy rain has caused extensive flooding throughout the central plains. The particularly hard hit town of Blackwell, Ok is experiencing catastrophic flooding from the Chickaskia River which is near record levels.
Homes, businesses, cars all submerged as well as millions of dollars in farmland. On I-35 near Blackwell, exit and onramps are closed. People are trying to dry out and save belongings from a car that was submerged and swept off the interstate on ramp due to fast moving high water. All shots from drone.
*Recommendations by the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection offer the following tips that all residents take three simple preparedness steps: Get a kit, make a plan, and stay informed”.*– Watch This FREE Video
Ways to prepare and stay safe now
Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.
Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
If there’s a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground.
Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
Walk only where floodwaters aren’t moving.
Use a stick to check the depth of the water and firmness of the ground in front of you.
If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground.
Just 1 foot of water can stall your engine and make the car float away.
Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall.