Note: Due to weather unpredictability and other factors that could change the outcome of these types of flooding events, the most recent information regarding river levels and other information that help determine flooding locations and severity can be found at http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/HULA.lakepage.html and/or https://water.weather.gov/ahps2/hydrograph.php?wfo=tsa&gage=bvlo2. For updated information regarding Bartlesville road closings, see City of Bartlesville GOV.
The Caney River is expected to crest again this weekend around 18 feet — nearly a foot higher than initially projected, City of Bartlesville Director of Engineering/Floodplain Administrator Micah Siemers said Saturday.
“The National Weather Service is indicating the river will crest somewhere around 18 feet at Bartlesville,” Siemers said. “This is about one foot higher than was projected yesterday, which will likely cause additional street flooding as well as some structures.”
He said as a result, flooding is likely to occur in the same areas that occurred earlier this week.
“The river was initially projected to crest at 19.1 feet earlier this week, but it actually crested around 18 feet,” Siemers said. “It is expected to crest around the same level this weekend, so most likely flooding will occur in the same areas that flooded earlier this week.”
This applies only to the flooding caused by river levels, not necessarily other sources such as Rice Creek, he said.
Some roads were already closed this morning due to flooding, including:
- Virginia Avenue between Herrick and the Oak Park housing addition
- Lupa between Theodore to north Johnstone Avenue (includes Park Street and north Jennings)
Also, barricades have been placed at the corners of Tuxedo Boulevard and Hillcrest Drive so that police can place them as needed in the event of high water, according to Street Department Supervisor Lance Brown.
“Police will keep an eye on these areas and place the barricades as high water occurs,” Brown said.
Several roads were closed in Bartlesville in the aftermath of the flooding that began earlier this week. All were re-opened Friday afternoon but are likely to be closed again over the weekend due to flooding, Siemers said. Those streets include:
- State Highway 123 between Bartlesville and Dewey
- Tuxedo Boulevard between Wyandotte and the Caney River
- North of Cudahy and east of Woodrow and between Park and Johnstone about a block south of Cudahy
- North of Lupa between Cass and Santa Fe
- Between Choctaw and the Caney River south of Eighth Street
- North of Hensley/Tuxedo from Wyandotte to Comanche
- Hillcrest from 20th Street to Kane Hill
- Herrick from Virginia to West Cheyenne
- Polaris west of Silver Lake Road
- Circle Mountain from Johnstone Avenue
“If the river crests at 18 feet, many of those roads will likely be impassable again,” Siemers said.
He said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has indicated the river could remain at 18 feet for several days.
“They are doing their best to minimize flooding in Bartlesville, but with the rain last night and more predicted this weekend they might have to release more from Hulah and Copan lakes, which will affect levels of the river,” Siemers said.
Siemers said approximately 80 structures were flooded earlier this week and could be flooded again once the river crests. City of Bartlesville staff completed FEMA required Substantial Damage Estimate inspections of properties located in the special flood hazard area that were affected by this week’s flooding. Those inspections will need to occur again in the event of future flooding.