Tulsa firefighters prepare for chance of flooding – Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma 2022-05-04 16:34:38 –

Tulsa, Oklahoma — Tulsa firefighters are vigilant as it continues to rain in the Green Country.

When Flash flood threats throughout TulsaFirefighters are ready to respond if someone gets stuck in high waters.

“We just respect the water. It’s very powerful,” said Matt Bell, captain of the Tulsa fire brigade.

Bell leads Tulsa Fire Department 4, and the first crew usually called for help.

Bell says there are many “hotspots” they are watching carefully, such as 81 and Elwood, 31 and Yale, and 36th Street North and Lewis.

“Floods are very dangerous. As the water rises, it is unknown. What is under the water?” Bell said.

Wednesday afternoon, 2 News raised the barrier on the 81st, and Elwood had some drivers circulate. There was a shallow water on the road early Wednesday afternoon, and several cars were running in the area.

Bell says that even shallow water can prove dangerous.

“Keep away from the water in the car. The water column only takes 4 to 6 inches and can float modern vehicles,” says Bell.

Five rescue boats are spread throughout the city of Tulsa. Most Tulsa firefighters are also trained for quick water rescue.

“When you go into water rescue, it’s a dynamic situation. Things can change really really fast,” Bell said.

In case of bad weather such as tornadoes and floods that Tulsa saw in 2019, Oklahoma Task Force One can also help.

“This is our busy season, so make sure all our equipment and rescue technicians are ready to go,” said Captain Terry Sibadon.

Sivadon is the Rescue Coordinator for OK Task Force 1.

He states that first responders will be called into disaster situations to assist in rapid water rescue, boat operations, and urban search and rescue, among other things.

“It’s certainly a great asset for the state and Tulsa,” said Cibadon.

Firefighters say the ultimate goal is to ensure that everyone can get home safely. Therefore, if you come across water that covers the road, we advise all drivers to turn around and find another route.

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