As Carter County and surrounding areas expect more rain this week, county officials warn motorists to take extra precaution when traveling.
“There’s a lot of rain, a lot of runoff and in some areas it’s moving pretty fast. It may not look like it at the surface, but you don’t know if that road’s there or not,” said Paul Tucker, Carter County Emergency Management director.
Tucker asked motorists not to drive around any barricades, as well.
On Monday morning someone attempted to drive around one of the barricades on a flooded road, didn’t make it through the high water and had to be rescued, he said.
One family in the Healdton-Wilson area also had to be evacuated Sunday night due to flooding, Tucker said.
There was one road, Midway Road, north of Highway 70, determined to be washed out due to the heavy rains, but it was undetermined as of Monday afternoon if any others were washed out.
Carter County Emergency Mangement’s Facebook page listed the roads closed as of Monday morning. Tucker confirmed later in the afternoon the roads listed were still closed, which included the following:
• Hereford Road at low water crossing
• Refinery Road at Caddo
• Refinery Road at Caddo Creek
• Mt Washington Rd at Caddo Creek
• Deese Road at Caddo Creek
• Woodford Road at Caddo Creek
• Dead River Road at Washita River
• Wingate Road
• Whiskey Lane
• Midway Road at Exxon
• Midway Road, 1/2 mile north of Highway 70
• Texaco Road south of Highway 70
• Bear Hollow Road, east of Reck Road
• Cimmaron Road at Texas Street
• Blue Ribbon Road
The Facebook post ended with the following statement: “Please do not move or drive around barricades. Doing so puts not only you, but rescue workers in danger. Thank you, Carter County Commissioners.”
The city of Ardmore’s emergency manager, Amber Wilson, said the city hadn’t experienced any major flooding issues as of Monday afternoon.
Tucker said the county will continue to be as prepared as they can be with barricades ready to go as the area experiences more rain.
According to Ardmore Oklahoma Weather, there was a 70 percent chance of precipitation Monday night and a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today. There are varying chances of rain through the week until Thursday.