Heavy Rains In Oklahoma City Area Lead To High Water Rescues

Jul 29, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Thunderstorms that dropped 8 to 9 inches of rain in the Oklahoma City area early Tuesday led to high water rescues of at least 12 people in at least seven different locations, according to Oklahoma City Fire Battalion Chief Benny Fulkerson.

There are no reports of fatalities after firefighters rescued people from vehicles that stalled after being driven onto flooded roads and from two flooded homes.

The rain was not associated with Hurricane Hanna, which struck the Gulf Coast of Texas, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Bruce Theron in Norman.

Theron said the thunderstorms “just set up there” over southwest Oklahoma City and the Yukon area.

“Just a really moist atmosphere and not a lot of winds,” Theron said.

Theron said another round of storms could bring 1-4 more inches of rain to Oklahoma from Tuesday night through Friday.