As flood waters continue to rise a mandatory evacuation order has been issued for the town of Moffett.
The order was issued Friday after officials met to view the flooded area and discuss options. U.S. District 2 Congressman Markwayne Mullin viewed the area by helicopter Friday morning prior to the meeting.
According to Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford the flood level is expected to be historic.
"There's never been one like this here," Rutherford stated. "We don't know how deep it will get. They are constantly upgrading the figures. But they are predicting it to be the highest ever."
Residents of Moffett have been working hard to move valuables and furnishings before the water reaches their homes. Some roads in the area are already closed due to water.
Inmates of the Sequoyah County Jail have been working all day Friday filling sandbags that are free to the public affected by the flood. Sandbags can be picked up at the rear parking lot of the emergency management building which many know as the old Agent's Funeral Home Building at the corner of Elm and Chickasaw in Sallisaw.
Previously recorded water levels are somewhere around 35 feet, according to Rutherford. And at the moment experts are predicting the water to reach at least 41 feet.
KXMX News Staff
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