Many Tulsans do not know about the levee system surrounding the West Tulsa community in the Eugene Field area south of the river, the Charles Page area north of the river, and the Sand Springs area between Highway 412 and the Arkansas River. These levees offer some flood-risk reduction. However, as they are aging they should not be relied on to provide complete protection. If you live in these flood-prone areas, it is even more important that steps be taken to secure your home and family from danger.
If you’re living or working in these inundation areas, or routinely drive through them, you should be aware of potential hazards and plan the best evacuation routes to keep your family safe. If you encounter a flooded road, Turn Around Don’t Drown.
Remain vigilant during inclement weather. Tune in to the local news media for information about potential flooding or dangers from dam failures. Flood sirens will be activated if a breach or high release is imminent. Pay attention to weather watches and warnings.
Most homeowners’ insurance does not cover damage from floods. You can protect your home and its contents with flood insurance from the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). For more information about flood insurance, contact Bill Robison, Floodplain Engineer at (918) 596-9475 or Laura Hendrix, Floodplain Administrator at (918) 596-9685 or visit floodsmart.gov.
Know Your Risk of Flooding. The City of Tulsa has maps and information on flood-prone areas as well as other flood-related information. To learn more about your risk of flooding, call the City of Tulsa Customer Care Center in Tulsa at 3-1-1 or outside Tulsa at (918) 596-2100 or visit cityoftulsa.org. To learn more about flood preparedness and safety, visit floodsafety.noaa.gov or ready.gov.
The Disaster Resilience Network is providing these hazards of the month in conjunction with the City of Tulsa’s Storm Water Drainage and Hazard Mitigation Advisory Board. These hazards are identified in the City of Tulsa Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan.
You can also use a combined January / February Message on Dams and Levees by using this article.
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