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Posted on: May 10, 2019

Kaw Lake Release Rates to Impact Low Lying Areas in Southest Ponca City

KAW LAKE RELEASE RATES TO IMPACT LOW LYING AREAS IN SOUTHEAST PONCA CITY

The City of Ponca City has been notified by the United States Corps of Engineers – Tulsa District Office that the water flow rates into the Arkansas River, from Kaw Lake, will begin increasing on Saturday, May 11, from early morning to late afternoon.

Significant rain events have occurred over the past several days in southern Kansas and northern Oklahoma, within the Arkansas River drainage basin. These rain events have generated significant runoff to Kaw Lake and the lake levels are reaching maximum flood storage elevations.

By Saturday afternoon, release rates will be such that low lying areas in the southeast portions of Ponca City will experience flooding. This will primarily include open field areas within the river floodplain, but will also likely include overtopping of roads. Some of the primary roads impacted will include:

  • Lake Road, between Pecan Road and Kygar Road;
  • South Avenue, east of 14th Street; and
  • Pecan Road, south of Lake Road near its intersection with South Avenue.

City crews will be monitoring the water levels and will close roads as needed. Citizens who routinely travel these roads should be prepared to find alternate routes to and from their homes for the next several days, until the flow rates from Kaw Dam are reduced and the waters recede. Further updates will be provided if and when warranted. For more information, please contact Paula Cain, Emergency Management Director.

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