Saying it’s been a wet June in Pontotoc County would be like saying Moby Dick was a big fish.

With more than 37 inches of rain already on the books for the year (including nearly 10 inches in the past 10 days), it’s safe to say the drought of 2006 is over. Already, residents have been heard complaining about the rain. Many of those are the same people who cried long and hard last year while they watched their crops die in the field and the foundations of their houses crack under their collective feet.

But it hasn’t just been a wet year as compared to last year, and June hasn’t just been a wet month. June, usually a month that officially ushers in the scorched “dog days” of summer, has been dreary, soggy and dangerous.

It’s that danger that has been the media focus the past two weeks, as Oklahomans over and over watch and read news accounts of their neighbors being rescued from perilous situations involving flash floods.

Just last week, Pontotoc County emegency workers raced to an area south of Ada where three people in a pickup had been swept off a low-water crossing during some of the worst flash flooding on record. With six inches of rain falling in some areas in less than three hours, flood waters at many creeks and rivers roared dangerously out of control. Bridges were overrun or even swept away in the onslaught.

Gratefully, those three escaped with only minor injuries and memories that must haunt them in their sleep. Yet, similar stories have filled newspapers and television broadcasts every day since. Despite the perils, despite constant warnings from emergency workers, Oklahomans continue to venture into ravaging flood waters, certain for whatever reason that their mission is “that” important and the water isn’t “that” deep.

Neither of those is true, and your life is much too valuable to take that risk.

Please don’t. We don’t want your name in tomorrow’s headline.

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