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Flooding abates somewhat in NE Oklahoma counties

Flooding abates somewhat in NE Oklahoma counties

This story first appeared on KSWO Lawton TV.

Associated Press - May 2, 2009 5:55 PM ET

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) - Flooding in northeastern Oklahoma has abated somewhat today, although forecasters say the state will continue to be stuck in a wet pattern over the next few days.

At least 69 of Oklahoma's 77 counties remained under flood watches or warnings. Two rounds of thunderstorms that passed through the Oklahoma City metropolitan area produced gusty winds and some hail, but no tornadoes.

The heavy rainfall remained in the central and southeastern parts of the state, sparing the saturated counties of Cherokee, Delaware, Mayes and Rogers in northeastern Oklahoma, where more than a half-foot of rain fell yesterday.

Mayes County Emergency Management Director Johnny Janzen said that the water had mostly receded, except for areas that commonly are flood-prone, and that damage assessment and cleanup efforts already had begun.

Janzen says Salina and Locust Grove lost water service after their pumping stations flooded. Until that's fixed, the Cherokee Nation was trucking water into the towns.

Janzen says many area roads and bridges were damaged by the flooding but officials don't have a count of how many homes were affected.

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