Oklahoma City is experiencing severe flooding as thunderstorms roll through dropping 1 to 3 inches of rain an hour on Monday, June 14.
According to the National Weather Service, 10 inches of rain fell between 2:00 and 11:00 a.m. Monday. A flash flood watch has been extended across central Oklahoma through 7:00 a.m. CT Tuesday.
According to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, about 6,700 homes and businesses lost power. Oklahoma Gas & Electric is reporting about 1,200 customers without power.
It’s a “bad situation throughout the entire county,” said Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Myers.
“There are cars where you can see just the rooftops, they’re totally submerged in water,” Oklahoma Police Lt. Gamille Hardin said.
Dozens of motorists have had to be rescued from stalled vehicles.
“There are various swift-water rescues that have occurred and are currently taking place across the city,” said Oklahoma City emergency management director Frank Barnes.
“Downtown is flooded,” Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said. “We have a few traffic lights that are out causing problems. Stalled vehicles are causing problems. Crews are in the same situation that our travelers are in. They are stuck in this traffic as well.
Areas that have never flooded before are flooding now.”
Portions of interstates 35, 44 and 235 were closed Monday morning, as were numerous smaller roads in and out of the metro area. Motorists were urged to not drive anywhere at this time.
Flights are still flying in and out of Will Rogers World Airport, but many are struggling to get to the airport due to flooded roads.
Lt. Gov. Jari Askins declared a state of emergency Monday for 59 Oklahoma counties affected by the storms (Gov. Brad Henry out of state).
No injuries due to the flooding had been reported as of Monday afternoon.