TULSA, Okla. - With more severe weather in the area, flooding is a major concern in northeast Oklahoma.
Parts of the Tulsa metro and surrounding areas, like Skiatook, Sperry and Bixby are already seeing flooding.
Governor Kevin Stitt has toured the already flooded areas and is working with state and city emergency management officials to monitor the situation.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum told KRMG the city has personnel ready to respond to areas most affected by flooding.
The water release from Keystone Lake is at a level not seen in decades. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to increase the output from Keystone Dam to 215,000 cubic feet per second.
That’s far greater than the capacity of the Arkansas River, so flooding downstream is extremely likely.
City leaders in Tulsa, Sand Springs and Bixby are already recommending evacuations.
The City of Tulsa has released a Keystone Dam Inundation Map showing areas in Tulsa likely to flood.
Sand Springs city leaders expect portions of the Meadow Valley neighborhood and potentially others to flood. Highway 51 near 137th West Avenue will likely flood, making vehicular traffic there impossible, according to the city.Click here for updates from the City of Bixby[Summary]