State and local officials spoke to a group of other officials and flood victims May 30.
Tulsa County District 2 County Commissioner Karen Keith, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready, Mike Abate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sen. James Lankford, U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern and more spoke at the forum May 30 at Broadway Baptist Church.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will reportedly set up a location to help flood victims in the area of the damage soon.
Mulready said people can report damage to www.damage.ok.gov.
“I’ve been here since Monday…I saw a lot of cars, it’s not just homes that are flooded,” he said.
Tulsa County Sheriff Vic Regalado praised the state’s resilience and said deputies will be patrolling areas affected by the floods.
“The most amazing thing I’ve seen in this disaster is the resilience of all of you,” Regalado said. “This is a county-wide event.”
He said there haven’t been any confirmed cases of looting, but deputies will be patrolling the affected areas as the waters recede to prevent it.
Rep. Hern said his office will help make sure the work of rebuilding is done as soon as possible.
Abate with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said the Corps is reducing flow from Keystone Dam as of May 30 and is forced to react to weather on the ground because of the unpredictability of weather.
“We’re planning to reduce by 10,000 cubic feet per second (every six hours barring rain),” he said.
Officials encouraged homeowners to document the condition of their home, note the waterline on the drywall and begin the de-mucking process. Affected homeowners without flood insurance are asked to submit a letter stating as such rather than filing a claim with their homeowners’ policy.