June 14th, 2010
12:50 PM ET

'Backbuilding' storms drench Oklahoma City, cause flooding

Heavy rains flood streets in Oklahoma City.

[Updated at 12:50 p.m.] Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett said Monday that neighborhoods are being evacuated because of high waters.

[Posted at 11:39 a.m.] The Oklahoma City area was dealing with vicious flash-flooding and scattered power outages Monday after what CNN meteorologist Jacqui Jeras called "backbuilding thunderstorms," a series of heavy rain cores without intermittent periods of let-up.

iReport: Street turns into a river

The National Weather Service said almost 10 inches of rain fell between 2 a.m. CT and 11 a.m. CT and Tim Hartley of Oklahoma Gas & Electric says that's left about 4,000 customers without power.

It's a "bad situation throughout the entire county," Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office spokesman Mark Myers said.

CNN affiliate KOCO reported that portions of Interstate 35, Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 in the Oklahoma City area had flooded.

Oklahoma City Police spokeswoman Kristy Yager said police are trying to manage stalled vehicles, barricade flooded streets and help people. "Areas that have never flooded before are flooding now," said Yager.

Glynda Chu, a police spokeswoman from nearby Edmond, Okla., said it was the worst flooding seen in 25 years.

CNN affiliate KOCO broadcast pictures of a car submerged almost to its windows. Dive teams navigated the raging waters to get to the scene, then rescued the car's occupants by boat. CNN affiliate KFOR showed another water rescue, with crews ferrying people to safety.

Kyla Campbell from the Oklahoma Red Cross says the organization is advising people to be cautious and stay indoors to avoid incidents such as those seen on TV. The Red Cross says it is not looking at evacuations but it is standing by to provide shelter, if needed.

Both Yager and Campbell expressed concerned about a residential neighborhood called Ski Island, which contains a lake.

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  1. Christina

    More signs that Jesus will be returning with His grace soon! 2012 will be the second coming as the bible predicted!

    June 14, 2010 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  2. damiao

    htttp://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Christina I agree with you Jesus is going back but we dunno when. However this is a sign that we are destroying the nature, the temperature is getting warm and warm day after day.

    June 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kathleen

    2012 ? Hahahahahahahahahah

    I remember the 2000 / new millenia doomsday people .
    Some gave all their possessions to some guru lady in Montana and moved to her "site" ,
    Others just stockpiled guns and food and barricaded themselves in cabins .

    Wonder whatever happened to those people ?

    2012 ? Fun movie ! People who believe it ? Even funnier !

    June 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. elian gonzalez

    We are close!! But Jesus is not coming yet. Read your revelations my brothers, we still have many to tell of his good word.

    This is just a sign of His disappointment with us. We are not defending our brothers the jews and allowing the holy land to be challenged by the dark ones armies. We also allowed one of the fallen angels to become the president of GODS NATION.

    June 14, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. anon

    Oh shut all 3 of you with your doomsday jesus talk. There are people here in OKC who are losing their homes. It's not punishment, it's weather. Go spout crazy somewhere else.

    June 14, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  6. damiao

    http://www.englishtips-self-taught.blogspot.com Kathleen I remember too, This is the price, we are doing a mess, destroying day after day what will happen in 2020?

    June 14, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |