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Situation Update: Winter Storm and Flooding Impact State

Due to the hazardous weather conditions, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated for extended hours for key personnel. OEM is in contact with emergency managers across the state and coordinating with numerous agencies and organizations including the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, Oklahoma National Guard, Oklahoma State Department of Health, Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Department of Human Services, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, American Red Cross, the Salvation Army, Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), and Civil Air Patrol.

STATE OF EMERGENCY

The State of Emergency declared by Gov. Mary Fallin on Nov. 29 has been extended for an additional 30 days for all 77 counties. Under the Executive Order, state agencies can make emergency purchases and acquisitions needed to expedite the delivery of resources to local jurisdictions. The declaration also marks a first step toward seeking federal assistance should it be necessary.

INJURIES AND FATALITIES

Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner reports 5 people have died as a result of severe weather that began Saturday.

  • Female, 38 years old, Oklahoma City
  • Female, 66 years old, Yukon
  • Male, age not identified, Kay County
  • Male, 36 years old, Pittsburg County
  • Female, 54 years old, Bixby

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 104 storm-related injuries have been treated by Oklahoma hospitals.

  • Falls: 58
  • Transportation related: 30
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning: 9
  • Cut/Pierce: 3
  • Other: 4

WEATHER-RELATED VEHICLE COLLISIONS

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports 955 weather-related collisions, including 137 injury collisions. Additionally, OHP provided 39 motorist assists, to include water rescues.

SHELTERS AND WARMING STATIONS

American Red Cross reports nine shelters are open:

  • Camp Christian, 275 Camp Christian Lane, Chouteau
  • El Reno YMCA, 2200 Babcock, El Reno
  • National Guard Armory, 1900 E. Flagstone, Highway 5, Frederick
  • Cedar Lake Chapel, 21619 E. 6th St., Hinton
  • Hollis Civic Center, 208 W. Jones, Hollis
  • Church of Christ, 913 W. Will Rogers, Kingfisher
  • Cameron Baptist Church, 2621 S.W. C Avenue, Lawton
  • Medicine Park Community Center, 19001 Highway 49, Medicine Park
  • Mountain View Pentecostal Holiness Church, Mountain View
  • First Baptist Church, 729 East St., Snyder

Twenty-six people stayed at shelters Tuesday night.

The following warming stations are operated or supported by American Red Cross

  • Hunter Community Center, 101 Buffalo Rd., Hunter
  • Summers Nursing Home, 119 N. 6th St., Okeene
  • Snowhill Baptist Church, 11 S. Morgan Rd., Tuttle

The following warming stations are operated by The Salvation Army:

  • 318 E. Hayes, Norman
  • 1001 N. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City

The following locally operated warming stations are open:

  • Cashion Fire Department, 402 N. Main, Cashion
  • Warren Community Center, 21123 State Highway 19, Warren
  • 111 N. Weigle in Watonga
  • The Pioneer Center, 1000 Gartrell Place, Weatherford

At least 225 people visited the warming stations Tuesday.

RESOURCE REQUESTS

Twenty-eight industrial size generators provided by OEM, Oklahoma National Guard or FEMA have been deployed to assist local cities and counties to provide power to warming stations, shelters and water facilities. Additional generators are being deployed today.  

Civil Air Patrol is doing flyovers to provide aerial photographs of the impacted areas to help with damage assessments.

PRECAUTIONARY BOIL ORDERS

Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality reports the following locations are under a precautionary boil order* due to a loss of water pressure:

  • Blue Quail Estates Public Water Supply (Canadian County)

  • Geary

  • Greenfield

  • Harmon County Rural Water District

  • Hydro

  • Roosevelt

*These are precautionary boil orders, not mandatory boil orders. As a precaution, it is advised that consumers in the areas listed above bring the water to a full, rolling boil for at least one minute before consumption, drinking, food preparation, baby formula preparation, dish washing, tooth brushing, ice making, wound care, and bathing infants who may ingest bath water. Alternatively, bottled water or another acceptable water source may be used.

STRANDED MOTORIST ASSISTANCE

Stranded Motorist Assistance Recovery Teams (SMART) positioned in western Oklahoma assisted approximately 170 motorists Saturday through Tuesday morning and provided wrecker support to several motorists who accidentally slid into ditches. More than 130 Oklahoma National Guard personnel, many from the 45th Infantry Brigade, participated in the mission, working closely with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. The teams worked from Guthrie to the Kansas border along I-35, and throughout western Oklahoma along I-40.

POWER OUTAGES

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports approximately 50,000 power outages statewide.

Municipal Electric Utilities – Total: 2,278

  • Frederick: 1,900
  • Manitou: 93
  • Olustee: 295

PSO – Total: 4,223
Largest outage areas:  

  • Lawton, Cache – 148
  • Tuttle, Elgin, Cyril, Rush Springs, Cornville – 1,668
  • Weatherford, Thomas, Hinton – 835
  • Snyder, Davidson, Elmer, Headrick, Frederick, Duke, Altus – 572
  • Hobart, Mountain View, Dill City, Roosevelt, Gotebo – 1,038

OG&E – Total: 12,159
Largest outage areas:

  • OKC - 2,227
  • El Reno - 2,070
  • Enid - 826
  • Piedmont - 770
  • Yukon - 760
  • Garber - 714
  • Okarche - 678
  • Hennessey - 612
  • Village - 354
  • Lahoma - 305

Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives report 31,574 outages

  • Alfalfa Electric Cooperative - Total: 376
  • Caddo Electric Cooperative - Total: 8,207
  • Central Rural Electric Cooperative - Total: 69
  • Cimarron Electric Cooperative - Total: 8,609
  • Cotton Electric Cooperative - Total: 986
  • Harmon Electric Cooperative – Total: 1,000
  • Indian Electric Cooperative - Total: 23
  • Kay Electric Cooperative - Total: 1,716
  • Kiwash Electric Cooperative – Total: 2,135
  • Lake Region Electric Cooperative - Total: 59
  • Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative – Total: 4
  • Northfork Electric Cooperative – Total: 2,200
  • Oklahoma Electric Cooperative - Total: 1,200
  • People’s Electric Cooperative - Total: 1
  • Southwest Rural Electric Association – Total: 5,000

ROAD CONDITIONS

Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports significant road closures continue across eastern Oklahoma due to flooding. These conditions have been changing rapidly and some closures may continue through the week while water recedes. Drivers are urged to avoid standing water on roadways and to check for closures before traveling. ODOT recommends drivers check their new interactive highway conditions map at www.okroads.org or call 1-844-4OKHWYS (844-465-4997) to “Know B4 U Go.”

LIVESTOCK PREPARATIONS

The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry reports flooding in eastern Oklahoma may lead to stranded livestock. State Veterinarian Dr. Rod Hall is encouraging all livestock owners to move animals to higher ground to avoid the possibility of stranded livestock. It is anticipated that water will continue to rise in many areas of the eastern region of the state over the next few days.

DIAL 211

For Oklahoma residents seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, please contact your local 2-1-1. Services are available 24 hours a day by dialing 2-1-1 from your home or cellular telephone. Please only call 911 for emergencies.