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Oklahoma City Flash Flood Causes Havoc

With the number of confirmed deaths from the flash flood in Arkansas last week reaching 20 on Monday, the situation in Oklahoma City which was hit by flash flooding at the start of the current work week appeared not to be as deadly though it was certainly frightening for those trapped by surging waters in OKC.

There were no reports of deaths in Oklahoma City though the flooding in some areas was severe. Some areas there received more than 10 inches of rain in an eight-hour period.

Even so, there were some fairly dramatic rescues, including one of a young woman who was spotted from a helicopter swimming to a tree that allowed her to pull herself out of the swiftly moving water where she waited for rescuers to reach her by boat.

A snippet from a story on the NewsOK web site:

"I have never been this scared," Oklahoma City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said. "This is way worse than driving in the ice. The water is so deep. The visibility is so low."



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