Muskogee County Emergency Management has released information about the latest estimates on what’s happening with the Arkansas River flooding.
The river, which is at 42.38 feet currently, is expected to crest at 45 feet on midnight tonight.
The higher-than-expected crest will cause additional flooding around the Muskogee water plant, but no interruptions in service are expected.
OG&E is still predicting no power outages for Muskogee. If you have power now, they do not expect that rising water will cut your power off. Fort Gibson, which has already lost power, is about to receive a mobile substation from Arkansas by this afternoon, which is expected to quickly help restore power. OG&E is adamant that they have not contacted any nursing homes or businesses to advise them to take precautions or evacuate. Muskogee’s power is being provided by the electric grid, not the plant here.
The Red Cross has shelters set up for anyone who is forced to evacuate. Muskogee and Fort Gibson displaced residents should go to the Warrior Gym at Bacone, 2299 Old Bacone Road. Webbers Falls residents should go to Church on the Word in Warner, 1511 Culwell Drive. East Fort Gibson residents should go to Crescent Valley Baptist Church, 25641 S. Crescent Valley Road in Tahlequah.
Emergency crews are on standby while others patrol the flooded areas.
US 69 remains open north to south. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has stated it will only close the highway if water is flowing over the roadway.
The I-40 bridge is open.