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May 27th, 2015
WALL, S.D. (AP) â€” Authorities have identified an Oklahoma man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.
According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.
The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.
An investigation is ongoing.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the residents of about 50 homes near Caston Creek and in the Ward and Pocohantas areas near Wister Lake are being asked to evacuate [May 25 at 1 p.m.].
Seale said the evacuations are voluntary and are being requested before a potential of another 3 inches of rain arrive this evening. Seale said residents who don't leave could be stranded for up to four days.
Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.
Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.
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FORT SILL, Okla. (AP) â€” The body of a Fort Sill soldier whose vehicle was swept into Medicine Bluff Creek has been recovered.
According to a Fort Sill news release, the body of Staff Sgt. David Hawkins was recovered Thursday afternoon by Fort Sill firefighters and an Oklahoma Highway Patrol water rescue team.
The release says the 32-year-old was apparently attempting to drive across a low water crossing on Sunday when his vehicle was swept into the flooded creek. The car was recovered on Monday.
A free Choctaw art and culture event will be held tonight at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau.
There will be artists, singers, dancers, vendors, informational booths and more.
The cultural program will start at 7 p.m. with Chief Gary Batton and Assistant Chief Jack Austin set to attend.
Tribal membership services will start at 5 p.m. and a beading class from 6-6:45 p.m. Also at 5 p.m. you can apply for a CBIB card. Bring original documents for verification, plus copies. Call (800) 522-6170 ext. 4030 for more information.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.
Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.
Talihina Schools is closed today due to flooding inside one of the schools buildings, according to emergency management.
Also closed is the Choctaw Nation Health Services in Talihina.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals from 2-6 inches fell overnight. Davidson said Talihina received six inches in about four hours.
Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.
U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.
According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.
Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.
It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."