Friday, June 19, 2015

Rain Storm Causes Little Damage

The remnants of Tropical Depression Bill hiccuped and tracked slightly north of Sequoyah County Thursday, and county officials are happy about that. 

Steve Rutherford, Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director, said Friday, "It went just a little bit north of us before it went into Arkansas, by about 30 miles." That resulted in less rain in Sequoyah County, but more in Cherokee and Adair counties.

According to the Mesonet web site, over the past four days, Tahlequah received 6.18 inches of rain, Cookson received 6.34 inches of rain, Sallisaw got 5.56 inches of rain and Webbers Falls had 1.90 inches of rain.

Rutherford said a few county roads were flooded (above, Drake Prairie Road's low-water bridge is flooded) and received some damage but not as badly as in May. May's rain-storm damage is estimated to have cost the county at least $350,000 or more and FEMA has agreed to help the county pay for repairs.

Rutherford noted that rain amounts vary from place to place, even within the same area, and the county did get, over the past four days, about what the National Weather Service had predicted. No rain is currently predicted for the next week.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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