McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

March 21, 2012

County saw its share of rain

By Jeanne LeFlore
Staff Writer

McALESTER —  

In Pittsburg County approximately 2.21 inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period ending Tuesday, with inclement weather expected to continue for several days.

Most Pittsburg County streets and highways remain open according local authorities.

“We had our spotters out all night,” said Trent Meyers Director of Pittsburg County Emergency Management. “As of this morning, luckily, there have been no reports of damage and so far no injuries.” He said the rain is supposed to ease up tonight but we can expect more rain the rest of the week and into next week.

A few roads have been closed according to Sheriff Kerns.

“We have been working closely with the Department of Transportation,” he said.  State highway 31 west is closed and highway 63 west of Hailyville towards Four Corners is under two feet of water.

“The road over Harmony Creek in Haileyville is underwater but people can still pass.” Kerns said.

Pittsburg County Commissioner Gene Rogers said there have been no major outages so far. “ We have plenty of high-water and we have everyone on standby,” Rogers said. “We have been pretty lucky so far.”

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