Baptist church camp evacuated due to rising Washita River

Ponca City Now - June 19, 2015 9:41 am

DAVIS, Okla. (AP) – More than 5,000 young people at a Baptist church camp in southern Oklahoma are being sent home early as the nearby Washita River is expected to reach historic levels.

Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Director Anthony Jordan announced Thursday that campers at Falls Creek near Davis are being sent home, although he said the camp was not directly at risk of flooding.

Jordan said in a statement that camp officials were concerned about their ability to provide general maintenance and trash service because of flooding in nearby areas. Jordan says camp activities are being suspended for the rest of the week.

Falls Creek spokesman James Swain says there were about 5,400 campers at Falls Creek this week.

 

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