In light of significant rainfall which has caused flooding in portions of Kansas and Oklahoma, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District Commander, Col. Christopher A. Hussin activated the district’s Emergency Operations Center today at 7 a.m.
Tulsa District is executing releases and holding water according to the USACE water control manual for our watersheds.
Although many reservoirs in the region are in the flood pool, the Tulsa District is in contact with state emergency management officials and federal partners to ensure public safety and prevent loss of life.
Tulsa District engineers are monitoring flood control structures to ensure they operate as designed.
The declaration of emergency is in conjunction with provisions set forth in Engineering Regulation 500 1-1, and Public Law 84-99 which allow the Tulsa District to provide direct support to civil authorities through state Emergency Operations Centers.
Tulsa District leaders are mindful of the symbolic, recuperative and economic value of the Memorial Day Holiday to the public.
“We recognize the fact that this rainfall will impact recreation, and we appreciate the significance of the Memorial Day Holiday to our stakeholders,” said Lt. Col. Richard T. Childers, Deputy District Commander, Tulsa District. “We ask for the public’s patience as we try to protect public safety.”
The Tulsa District will continue to provide updates as the situation changes. Please visit our website for campground closure information at www.swt.usace.army.mil. A daily report of reservoir information is available at www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil.
Release no. 19-003