The Flooding Winds Down in Tulsa

Keystone dam on Friday, flowing 195,000 cu ft per sec through the gates.

The waters of the Arkansas River in the Tulsa area are rapidly falling. The waters flowing into Keystone Dam above the city declined rapidly which gave room for the Army Corps of Engineers to start closing the big Tainter gates and reduce the water drastically.

Close up of the Tainter Gates controlling the flow out of the dam.

The peak flow was 275,000 cubic feet per second, now is down to 120,000 which is high but low enough that the river is back in its banks.

Downstream of Tulsa things are still bad, Muskogee still has a lot of flooding, and it is even worse in Arkansas where a major levee has been breached.

The images above and below are screen shots from a Corps web site. People had them open on their screens all day, refreshing and posting what the latest inflow and outflow numbers were.

I think that this has been a wake up call for the whole community. Personally, I thought with a big dam upstream that a major flood was pretty much impossible. Well, it is possible and we were lucky that the levees held and that the rains held off. With the climate change we are experiencing I am wondering if we are going to see these occurrences more often.

The local paper, the Tulsa World, produced the video above and the links I reference below.

An oil and gas producer who had tanks flooded mishandled the situation and ended up in hot water. Read about it here.

The waters are lower and residents are starting to return to their homes.

The Tulsa World also has a listing of handy phone numbers and internet links that might be helpful.

3 thoughts on “The Flooding Winds Down in Tulsa

  1. Barb

    A terrible spring for some of the country with flooding, tornadoes, and avalanches. My friends tell me it just keeps snowing in Breckenridge. Here in CA, it’s been a wet, windy, cool spring. I’m preparing to see snow because we leave for home Wednesday! Hope your area dries out soon.

  2. Ellen

    Thank goodness you’re getting a little break although I heard there’s a tropical storm in the Gulf that could produce more rain for you later in the week. I’m praying for sunshine for that area of the country.

  3. Pat

    I hope that when all the excessive snowpack melts here in Colorado we don’t getting flooding. It has been one wet and stormy spring in so many places!

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