Oklahoma has been inundated by rain since storms began Friday morning. According to meteorologist Alex Zwink with the National Weather Service in Norman, this is due to the remnants of two tropical depressions from the south meeting up with a cold front from the north. As of publication, some areas of Ardmore have received 7.96 inches of rain since Friday morning, while other parts of the state faired far worse. For example, Fittstown, near Ada, received the most rain, with more than 15.77 inches.
Moving forward into the rest of the week, Sunday morning will have a small chance of rain. This will be the last rain the area can expect until Tuesday night into Wednesday when another system will produce a chance of thunderstorms.
Fortunately for the residents of Southern Oklahoma, the rain and flooding has not created any major problems or accidents on our area roads. Carter County Sheriff Chris Bryant is extremely thankful for this.
“Everything is going really well right now,” Bryant said on Saturday evening. “All the roads are open, and people have been very responsible and cautious when driving. So, fortunately we have not needed to do any water rescues.”
District 3 Carter County Commissioner, Jerry Alvord echoed Sheriff Bryant’s sentiments.
“We’ve got some really nice rain, but we haven’t had any of the damages associated with the heavy rains from four years ago,” Alvord said. “We’ve really been very blessed. We needed the rain badly.”
Samantha Cornia with Murray County Dispatch said that to her knowledge all roads are now open in the area and that no problems had been radioed in as of Saturday afternoon. This comes after flooding had caused some temporary closures on Friday.
The heavy rains caused massive flooding at Turner Falls, and the park is closed for the next few days. Park Manager Billy Standifer said that it will likely remained closed until the end of the week.
“Once the water goes down, we’ll have to see if there have been any damages,” Standifer said. “We really won’t know anything concrete until then.”