Morning storms result in flash flooding

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

By eight o'clock this morning, we already had reports of flash flooding, with eastern Bryan and Atoka County the hardest hit.

Proving the dangers of driving in the high water, a woman had to be rescued on Woodcraft Road in Bennington in eastern Bryan County when her car failed to make it through the high water.

Officials say the flash flooding can happen in just minutes when you least expect it, so take extra precautions when you see water on the road.

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"It doesn't take but about six inches of water to completely take a car off the roadway and it's just not worth it. Nobody’s in that big a hurry. Stop, turn around, and go a different direction," advised Durant Fire Chief Steve Dow.

In Whitesboro south of Highway 82, roads near the high school had several inches of standing water as the storm came through.

The water caused wakes as tall as trucks and SUVs and was running downhill into ditches and onto the road.

Also contributing to the flash flooding were reports also of quarter-sized hail in Sadler. No word yet on the extent of damage in the area.

KXII is out covering these stories throughout the day. Be sure to tune in to First News at Five, Six, and Ten, and afterward log on to KXII.com for details on these and other developing stories.


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  • by Teresa Location: Bennington OK on May 7, 2007 at 04:39 PM
    As to the incident on Woodcraft Road, this morning. I am the woman that was rescued, my 15 year old daughter was also in the car. I turned onto the road from Odell Spings Road and there was only about 6 inches of water, the creek gave way and flooded all at once, the car ( in the back ground of the picture on the news) was swept aside and the water was up to the window. Bokchito EMS and Bokchito city workers showed up, and pushed the car to the top, where your news man seen it, when he arived. The Bennington police did show up, but supervised only. The bryan county pickup seen in the picture showed up about an hour after the event and closed the road for a short time. It was opened back up when we returned via the back road, about an hour later and the water was still flooding the road way and should have been still closed off. The men in the county pickup, told me that they had been meaning to build the road up, but hadn't gotten to it. I have lived out here for about 8 months and the ditches have never been cleaned. There are 3 ditches that drain into that one whistler. The tow company Mike's told me that he has been out here on many ocassions to get flooded vehicles out of that area. I and My daughter are fine and we are greatful to the Bokchito people that got us out. My name and address are Teresa Vandenburg, 769 Odell Springs Road, Bennington, OK 74723, Phone 5800 775-2019
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