Flash flood emergency in Johnston Co.

JOHNSTON COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - With several inches of rainfall pouring down in Johnston Co. we decided to take a ride around with the Emergency Manager Director Jason Bryant to see some of the worst flooded areas.

It's days like Friday where Bryant spends most of his day on the road and out of the office - reporting roads where high water is at and making sure people are safe.

"We've had some side roads that have several inches of water over them," Bryant said. "I saw up to 8 inches going over a roadway."

So far parts of Johnston Co. has seen over six inches of rainfall.

Some of the worst areas experiencing flooding were here on Highway 377 in Connerville and in the town of Pontotoc.

High waters were so threatening that Highway 377 was shut down from Highway 7 to Fittstown, which saw over a foot of rain in the past 24 hours.

"You have a lot of water that when rain is flooding can flood normal areas that aren't used to that, so just be aware of your surroundings," Bryant said.

Bryant says if you have to be on the roads, keep your headlights on so other drivers can see you and drive slow.

He says to be prepared before the rainy weather hits.

"Go ahead and get all your supplies before hand because the roadways may not be passable for you to get to a store or make it to the pharmacy," Bryant said.

Officials are encouraging people to stay home but if you have to be on the roadways do not attempt to drive through high waters - remember to turn around, don't drown.



 
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