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15:35  22 may  2019
15:35  22 may  2019 Source:

Oklahoma towns evacuated after runaway barges break loose, threaten to hit dam

Oklahoma towns evacuated after runaway barges break loose, threaten to hit dam Several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas were evacuated Wednesday after two barges broke loose, floated down the swollen Arkansas River, and threatened to hit a dam, authorities said. The emergency was the latest consequence of severe storms and torrential rains that have ravaged large swaths of the Midwest. Town officials ordered a mandatory evacuation Wednesday afternoon because of the Arkansas River’s rising level. Webbers Falls, one of the potentially threatened towns in Oklahoma, warned its 600 residents to evacuate “immediately.” "The barges are loose and has the potential to hit the lock and dam 16.

Filed Under:Atmospheric River , Flooding, Mudslides, Napa River , Russian River , Storm Watch. GUERNEVILLE (CBS SF) – Sonoma County officials ordered the residents from Evacuation centers were set up at the Sebastopol Center for the Arts and the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

The swollen St. John River in New Brunswick continued to rise Saturday, flooding streets and properties and forcing people from their homes. The water is fairly deep at King Street and St. John Street. No barricades up yet and lots of cars driving through @Global_NB

Oklahoma town urges evacuation due to rising river © The Associated Press Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt talks with the media following an aerial tour of tornado and flood damaged areas of the state, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — A small town in Oklahoma is urging residents to evacuate as the Arkansas River heads toward near-historic levels.

Forecasters say major flooding is expected in Webbers Falls, a town of about 600 people about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.

According to the National Weather Service, the Arkansas River was at 34.5 feet (10.5 meters), or 6.5 feet (2 meters) above flood stage, as of Wednesday morning. The river was expected to rise to 40 feet (12 meters) by Thursday morning. The National Weather Service says the flooding poses an "extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation."

Forecasters say parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see severe weather Wednesday, the latest in a multi-day stretch of storms that have spawned dozens of tornadoes and caused two deaths in Missouri.

The Latest: Trump declares emergency for Arkansas flooding.
President Donald Trump has declared an emergency in Arkansas, which has been hit by historic flooding. The White House said late Thursday night that Trump approved the emergency disaster declaration requested by the state, where hundreds of homes and thousands of acres of farmland have been affected by flooding along the Arkansas River. Trump's declaration allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide assistance for emergency protective measures in Arkansas, Chicot, Conway, Crawford, Desha, Faulkner, Franklin, Jefferson, Johnson, Lincoln, Logan, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Sebastian, and Yell counties.

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