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Flooding in parts of Woods County, but Freedom has less rain


Kathleen Lourde

Looking from Craig Road, Dacoma looks surrounded by a lake of water.

Compared to others in Woods County, Freedom has received significantly less rain in May, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet. In the past seven days, Freedom has received 2.10 inches of precipitation. In the past two days, that amount was 1.39 inches.

Compare that to Cherokee where there has been extensive flooding. In the past week, Cherokee has had 5.44 inches of rain. In the past two days alone, that amount was 1.39 inches. Cherokee is the county seat of Alfalfa County, and that county was reporting several closed roads on Wednesday morning.

Alva did not receive quite as much rain, but Tuesday night the deluge closed several highways around Alva. For a time, U.S. Highway 281 north from Alva to Kansas was closed. U.S. Highway 64 to the east was also impassable for a time. However, the water receded, and those highways were opened after a few hours.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Mesonet showed Alva had received 4.31 inches of rain in the past seven days with 3.55 inches of that received in the last two days.

Besides Freedom and Alva, the only other Woods County site for Mesonet is the May Ranch, located near the Kansas border between Freedom and Alva. The May Ranch has had 4.55 inches of rain in the past seven days with 2.42 inches in the last two days.

Looking at historical rainfall data from the Mesonet, Freedom had May rainfall totals of 3.23 inches in 2018, 4.58 inches in 2017, 3.02 inches in 2016 and 6.73 inches in 2015.


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