Wednesday, June 17, 2015

County, City Warn of Approaching Storm

Sequoyah County Emergency Management and the City of Sallisaw are warning residents to be careful as the remnants of tropical storm Bill approach the area from the south and west. Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management director, said the county is under a Flash Flood Watch until 7 a.m. Friday. Rutherford said the storm's track is being closely monitored, and the amount of rain the area receives will depend on the track. "We expect rain," Rutherford said, "but the amount depends on which way the storm goes. If we get 3 to 5 inches, it is going to be bad. If we get 4 to 10 inches, it's going to be worse."

At about 2 p.m. Wednesday the storm was approaching McAlester, and was moving very slowly. It was expected to reach Sequoyah County by Wednesday evening. "The latest track is it's coming very close to Sequoyah County," Rutherford said.

Rutherford said residents can keep up with storm predictions on the Sequoyah County Emergency Management Facebook page or on Twitter, or by signing up for Nixle which notifies persons, through their cell phones, about community information including weather conditions. The City of Sallisaw is also warning residents about the storm on its site. Should severe weather watches and/or warnings be issued The Mix 105.1 will be providing live, up-to-the-minute coverage keeping you informed and safe.

Rutherford said he will continue to update information as the track that the storm takes in to the area becomes more defined. He said, "Take precautions. Areas that flooded last month will possibly flood again. Always remember to turn around, don't drown! Don't risk your life and that of your family and the lives of our rescue personnel!"

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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