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Caney River Cresting Lower Than Expected

May 23, 2019

The National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service said the Caney River in the Bartlesville areas sits at 15.9 feet. The river is not projected to rise anymore according to the latest NWS projections. It was believed earlier on Thursday than the river was going to crest at ... read more »

Nowata County: More Road Closures Expected

May 23, 2019

Citizens of Nowata County are cautiously watching the Verdigris River after the latest round of storms and heavy rainfall hit the area on Wednesday and early Thursday morning. The river currently sits just over 36 feet, which is over the major flood stage. Advanced hydrological projections sh ... read more »

City of Bartlesville Assessing Flood Damage

May 23, 2019

The City of Bartlesville staff began conducting FEMA required Substantial Damage Estimate inspections of properties located in the special flood hazard area on Thursday. According to city officials, letters are being posted outside residences that have been effected by flooding. City workers ... read more »

Big Heart Days in Barnsdall Starts this Weekend

May 23, 2019

The 66th annual Big Heart Days in Barnsdall is taking place this weekend. Because of construction, there are a few changes to the three day festival, which starts tomorrow, but Claude Rosendale with the county tourism board, says there will be plenty to do, especially early in the morning on Satu ... read more »

Osage County Gets More Rain Wednesday Evening

May 23, 2019

Parts of Osage County received up to three and a half inches of rain Wednesday evening, but after getting as much as eight inches of rain Monday evening, this shower was nothing the county couldn't handle.   Roberts hasn't had any damage reports, but he can confirm that there ... read more »

Flooding Puts County in FEMA Assistance Threshold

May 23, 2019

Most county roads to the south of 2400 Road in Washington County are closed due to flooding. These roadways are in District 2 of the County and are east of US-75 toward Nowata. Washington County Commissioner Mike Bouvier, however, said 2200 Road East of New Harmony Baptist Church is open. 210 ... read more »

Workers Comp Bill to Strengthen 2013 Reforms

May 23, 2019

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman and Bartlesville Senator Julie Daniels sees a bill she authored move forward. The Senate gave final approval on House Bill 2367 which is a worker’s compensation bill. The Oklahoma Senate gave final approval Wednesday on the legislation that is aimed t ... read more »

Sen. Lankford Addresses Severe Weather Issues

May 23, 2019

Severe weather in Oklahoma sends U.S. Senator for Oklahoma James Lankford to the Senate Floor.  Sen. Lankford discussed the impacted communities still reeling from flash flooding, tornadoes and strong wind damage Monday and Tuesday. That was before storms produced heavy rainfall througho ... read more »

Lynch Charged with Murder in the First Degree

May 22, 2019

45-year-old Shawn Lynch appeared at the Washington County Courthouse on Wednesday where he was charged murder in the first degree with deliberate intent. Lynch appeared before judge Kyra Franks through teleconference at the Washington County Jail. The State of Oklahoma set bond at $950,000 ov ... read more »

NCEM Officials Anticipating More Flooding

May 22, 2019

The threat of more flooding is looming around all of Northeast Oklahoma as more storms have potential to hit the area on Wednesday afternoon. Nowata County Emergency Management director Laurie Summers says that with already saturated conditions around the area more rainfall will be problematic. ... read more »

Osage County Wins RedBud Awards

May 22, 2019

Businesses in Osage County won RedBud Awards from the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association two weeks ago. The Ben Ranch Cabins in Fairfax and the Pawhuska Chamber of Commerce each won the Merit Award.   The Ben Ranch Cabins won the award for outstanding lodging property and the Pawhu ... read more »

Corps. of Engineers Keeping an Eye on Water Levels

May 22, 2019

As of 2 o' clock Wednesday afternoon, Director of Engineering for the City of Bartlesville, Micah Siemers, said water levels continue to slowly drop at the Caney River, along with Copan and Hulah Lakes.   Siemers did say the possibility of more rain tonight is the last thing we n ... read more »

375 Students Eligible to Graduate from BHS

May 22, 2019

Rain or shine, Bartlesville Superintendent Chuck McCauley said a commencement ceremony for the Bartlesville High School Class of 2019 will take place. All that is needed is a window for graduation to take place. McCauley said they would move the commencement indoors if needed. That has not ha ... read more »

Crews Back at Work After Monitoring River Levels

May 22, 2019

According to the latest reading from the National Weather Service's Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Caney River sits at 16.3-feet. The river was anticipated to peak at 19.1 feet last night but was only recorded to have reached 18.2-feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers perfor ... read more »

Hulah Lake Gates Open Wednesday Morning

May 22, 2019

The flood gates at Hulah Lake are open. Lake Manager Eric Bonnell said that the gates are open about a foot. Downstream, Bonnell said the Caney River levels are about 3-feet above the flood stage. He said they are doing everything they can to the minimal mark. Bonnell continued to say tha ... read more »