Monday, June 14, 2010

Okla. flash floods strand cars, close interstates

clipped from www.msnbc.msn.com
Image: Oklahoma flooding
OKLAHOMA CITY - Flash flooding across the Oklahoma City area Monday stranded commuters on washed-out roads and prompted crews to send boats into inundated neighborhoods, rescuing dozens of residents and motorists who sought safety in trees and on rooftops.
One boat carrying three rescuers to aid a 17-year-old girl — seen on aerial television footage struggling to stay above water by grasping at tree branches — sank in swift-moving floodwaters on the city's north side, said Battalion Fire Chief Kirk Wright.
All four were able to safely stand on branches in a group of trees and were rescued by a second boat, Deputy Fire Chief Marc Woodard said.

Cars are stranded and submerged by floodwater in Oklahoma City after heavy rain hit the area on Monday.
"I've never seen it like this," said resident Jan Tipton. "This is incredible."
Norman Cobb shook his head as he surveyed his flooded garage in the Silver Lake neighborhood.
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