Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Officials Continue to Monitor Loose Barges; Address Kerr Lake Concerns

Black Circle indicates location of Lock and Dam 16, green indicates Highway 100/64 Bridge between Gore and Webbers Falls and red indicates I-40 Bridge.

According to Sequoyah County Emergency Management Director Steve Rutherford, U.S. Corps of Engineer officials believe the dam will stop the barges.

“They’ve slowed way down,” Rutherford said. “They believe the dam there will stop the flow and movement.”

Rutherford said officials feel that the barges may do slight damage to the dam, but don’t feel it will cause the dam to fail.

Sequoyah County Sheriff Larry Lane is on the scene, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are monitoring the I-40 bridge.

Rutherford advised there is no evacuation order for the Kerr Lake area at this time. Residents of Webbers Falls are encouraged to evacuate immediately if they have not already done so.

Regarding flooding in the Moffett area Rutherford said the Moffett mayor has not distributed the mandatory evacuation orders yet for Moffett residents. A Red Cross shelter has been set up at Roland schools for anyone evacuating from the Moffett area.

Pam Cloud, Managing News Director

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