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Heavy rainfall causes area flooding

(Photos provided by Carrol Copeland)

Friday, June 10, 2022 - Travel was impacted county-wide Friday morning after heavy rainfall caused flooding to streets, homes and businesses.

Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford stated, "This morning the area received 4.71 inches of rain in less than a four-hour time span. The ground was already saturated from rainfall earlier in the week, which left water with no place to drain."

The sheriff, police, and fire departments were busy blocking off roads, diverting traffic and helping residents get to higher ground. Swift water rescue teams were called out and assisted an unknown number of individuals from their flooded vehicles and homes.

"No injuries have been reported as of this morning," Rutherford added.

A few area businesses and organizations were also affected by this morning’s flooding. The CEO of the Sequoyah County Boys and Girls Club said, "We did have to close the club today due to water getting into the building. We are currently assessing the situation and will let parents know if we are unable to open on Monday."

The rain has finally stopped and the worst of the flooding has receded. Temperatures are expected to climb into the 90's within the next few days which will help dry out the saturated soil.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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