(City of Stillwater)
As flooding and the possibility of more severe weather continues, the City of Stillwater has created several ways for citizens to receive emergency alerts and updates about potential flood and severe weather emergencies today, May 22 and Thursday, May 23:
- Want updates about this topic? Sign up for the Stillwater eNotification and select the Public Safety category.
- Receive Emergency Alerts via Be Informed Stillwater
- Follow the City of Stillwater Emergency Management on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- Follow the City of Stillwater on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more.
Alternatives routes for flooded roads on west side of Stillwater
To help ease congestion on Country Club Road and Range Road and to avoid streets that are closed (26th Street, Western Road, and Sangre Road) consider taking 32nd Street that will take you to Main Street and Perkins Road.
Weather for Wednesday, May 22
The current situation in Stillwater is that the water is receding. For example, Lake Carl Blackwell is now at 3 feet over spillway, down from 5.5 feet at this same time. Lake McMurtry is no longer flowing over spillwater. Tonight’s forecast is for severer thunderstorms with a potential for 60 to 80 miles per hour winds, up to baseball-size hail, low potential for tornados. Any storms that develop will be capable of producing 2 to 3 inches rainfall and that will exacerbate our situation and put to the flood stage of Tuesday morning.
Current Road Closures (1 p.m. Wednesday, May 22)
- 21st and Main
- 26th Walnut to Washington
- Strickland Park
- 9th and Ridge
- Sangrefrom 6th North
- Sangrefrom 6th to 19th
- 19th from Western to August
- Western from 12th to 19th
- 12th and Ridge
- 12th and Adams
- County Club Bridge
- Western and McElroy
- 9th and Wicklow
- 9th from McFarland to Ridge
- 19th from Chester to Main
- 19th from Perkins to Jardot
- 17th from Ransonto Payne
Tips During a Flood
- Depending on where you are, and the impact and the warning time of flooding, go to the safe location that you previously identified.
- If told to evacuate, do so immediately. Never drive around barricades. Local responders use them to safely direct traffic out of flooded areas.
- Listen to an Emergency Alert System (EAS) or National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radio, or local alerting systems for current emergency information and instructions.
- Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters. Turn Around. Don’t Drown!
- Stay off bridges over fast-moving water. Fast-moving water can wash bridges away without warning.
- If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, then stay inside. If water is rising inside the vehicle, then seek refuge on the roof.
- If trapped in a building, then go to its highest level. Do not climb into a closed attic. You may become trapped by rising floodwater. Go on the roof only if necessary. Once there, signal for help.