Monday, August 20, 2007

TS Erin Floods Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Flooding on Sharp Road
Originally uploaded by FreeWine
Tropical Storm Erin dropped some major rain on our sleepy little town of Okmulgee, Oklahoma. The flooded road pictured here is less than a mile from my house and the water was much higher when we drove through it! Very scary driving and we had some serious traction support from 800 lbs of rock in the back of the truck. (Earlier that day we visited Tulsa Hardscape Materials, again.)

Okmulgee Creek is flooded out again, but the roads have mostly cleared. Erin tracked right along i-40, so we took a trip to our river lot in Pierce to make sure our RV hadn't floated away. The North Canadian River is up very high, nearly as high as when it flooded a few months ago...and it is still rising. I didn't paddle it today, but it was running fast and carrying large trees downstream to Lake Eufaula.

Somehow the flooding appears to have dmaged two water mains that kept us dry at our house from 10pm Sunday night to around 6pm this evening. The water pressure is still low at 8:45pm, so I figure they are still working on it.

I hope it raises the water level on the Illinois River a few feet. I'm itching to make a trip down the river, now that the summer peak traffic season is ending.

Fishing Hot Spots - Illinois River

Been paddling somewhere lately? Drop me a comment on the Oklahoma Road Trips blog, i would love to hear about your adventures!

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