Firefighters perform water rescues in Canadian County
Firefighters performed water rescues Tuesday morning in Canadian County, and officials warned residents to be cautious as rivers and creeks continued to rise following heavy rains overnight.
Jacob Evans, who lives with his family of six in a farmhouse just east of Radio Road, said Six Mile Creek started to rise early Tuesday and flooded his home. The family was rescued by Richland firefighters.
The flooding reached the house about 5:45 a.m.
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“It started coming into the house a little bit," Evans said. "About 30 minutes later it came up 8 feet in the house. Everything that is on the floor is pretty much, pretty ruined."
Oklahoma City firefighters were called to assist Yukon and El Reno firefighters with water rescues Tuesday morning. Capt. David Macy, a spokesman for the Oklahoma City Fire Department, said crews rescued 10 people near Radio Road on the east side of El Reno.
El Reno firefighters had rescued another 10 people prior to that incident, Macy said.
As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oklahoma City firefighters had responded to 22 water assist or water rescue calls, Macy said, but only one incident required the department's swift water rescue team. No injuries were reported, Macy said.
Oklahoma City firefighters have been tying colorful tape to the mirrors or antennas of stranded vehicles to indicate the vehicles have been checked and are not occupied.
In El Reno, a shelter manned by the Red Cross is available at the Jenks Annex building, 214 N Country Club in El Reno, for anyone affected by flooding.
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