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Thursday storm causes damage and flooding around county

Monday, July 25, 2022 - On Thursday afternoon, Sequoyah County received several rounds of unexpected storms. While these storms provided some much needed rainfall and cooler temperatures, they also left behind a large amount of destruction and damage.

Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford stated, "After surveying several locations hit by the storms, I would say that the town of Roland was probably the hardest hit area."

"Damage to buildings, roofs, and trees resulted from straight-line winds that reached 75 mph and possibly higher," Rutherford added.

Downed power lines created power outages that lasted throughout the night as debris and limbs covered roadways. Flooding quickly became an issue as heavy rain tracked over the same area multiple times.

Rutherford said, "The official rainfall we received from these storms measured 5.92 inches in Sallisaw."

The rain was a relief for the entire county, so much that the Sequoyah county board of commissioners lifted the burn ban for Sequoyah county. County commissioners originally issued the burn ban at their regularly scheduled meeting on Monday after abnormally dry conditions increased the threat of fire danger.

Extreme heat is expected for the first part of this week but cooler temperatures and rain are expected starting Thursday.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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