Torrential rainfall renders county roads ‘impassable’

Vehicles splash through deep water on 12th Street during heavy rainfall Friday in Ada. Pontotoc County Emergency Manager Chad Letellier warns area residents to stay off of county roads affected by flooding.

After a day of near-record rainfall in areas south of Ada, Pontotoc County Emergency Manager Chad Letellier is warning area residents to stay off of county roads affected by flooding.

“Right now we are considering all the county roads south of Ada impassable,” Letellier said. “They are closed, but not all have barricades because we’re out of barricades.”

Letellier said County Road 3615 at Frisco Cemetery and County Road 1680 east of County Road 3550 have been ”washed out.”

National Weather Service meteorologists in Norman said a sizable area centered around Fittstown had received 11.62 inches of rain by 6:30 p.m. Friday, with no end in sight over the next 24 hours.

Forecasters predict rainfall will lessen overnight, but the chance for more rain will increase to 80 percent through midday Saturday, decreasing to 30 percent overnight.

Throughout the day Friday streets and intersections in Ada were closed and reopened by fire and police officials as flash-flooding made travel hazardous. Emergency crews responded to numerous calls for help from individuals trapped in vehicles who suddenly found themselves surrounded by high water.

Torrential downpours caused intermittent power outages and sent poly carts and debris floating down heavily trafficked streets in downtown Ada as motorists attempted to navigate nature’s impromptu obstacle course.

The Ada News Chief Photographer Richard R. Barron contributed to this report.


Contact Carl Lewis at (580) 310-7520, or by email at clewis@theadanews.com

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