Flooding causing problems in Shawneem SW of OKC

Ponca City Now - May 9, 2015 9:10 am

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) – Officials are telling residents in one Oklahoma neighborhood that a dam is close to being topped amid heavy rains.

The Shawnee News-Star reports that voluntary evacuations were underway Friday night in the Windmill Road neighborhood of Shawnee, which is about 40 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

Don Lynch, the Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, tells the newspaper that the Granada Lake dam is one-tenth of an inch away from a breach. That could lead to flooding in Windmill Road.

The flooding threat comes just days after storms produced more than 50 tornadoes in the Great Plains. More severe weather is in the forecast for Saturday.


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