Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Update – 11 a.m.
(Tulsa, OK) – The Keystone Dam release rate is gradually decreasing and at 11 am. this morning, the release rate from Keystone Dam is 190,000 cubic feet per second. The levee system continues to be the primary focus for emergency personnel as the levee system is oversaturated with water and has been holding historic levels of water for more than a week. The levee system continues to be monitored 24/7. Residents living behind the levees and evacuees from behind the levees need to remain vigilant.

The flooding threat along the Arkansas River remains as the water is still out of its banks in certain areas. Listen to first responders in your area, monitor updates from TAEMA, and stay plugged into your local media.

Damage assessments will begin once the flood water recedes throughout Tulsa county. The damage assessment process is one aspect of the recovery cycle, and TEAMA expects this to be a lengthy process. TEAMA will work with state and federal officials to get residents the help they need as quickly as possible while being mindful these areas are still flood zones.

Residential Reentry
In neighborhoods with receding floodwaters, inspections will be made before allowing residents back to their homes. During this period, law enforcement will continue to patrol those neighborhoods until residents have returned.

Residents inquiring about when they will be allowed to go back to their homes should be aware of the re-entry process. Neighborhoods that are cleared for re-entry will be shared on the City of Tulsa’s social media sites and website, as well as through local media outlets. Residents will be asked for identification from law enforcement upon arrival so that officers can vet those requesting to enter the reopened area.

Residents re-entering evacuated neighborhoods should remain vigilant as they are allowed back to their homes. Residents should ask any contractor for their credentials as well as contact information for their company’s home office. There will be many unfamiliar workers in these neighborhoods – these workers will not use aggressive behavior or language with residents nor will they ask for any form of payment for their services. Police will be in these neighborhoods and should be alerted if residents see this happening.

Volunteer Opportunities and Cleanup Efforts
The Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency is seeking volunteers to assist with cleanup operations at the Town and Country neighborhood at 145th and Highway 51 from June 1-2, from 8 a.m. to dark.

Volunteers should show up wearing boots and heavy leather work gloves. Anyone who comes without these will be turned away.

It’s strongly advised volunteers have tetanus shots prior to volunteering. Residents can receive tetanus shots from the Tulsa Health Department at any of their immunization locations or Tulsa Health Department will be at Town and Country tomorrow from 9 a.m. – noon for residents and volunteers who want tetanus shots on site.

Cleanup efforts will start in affected homes beginning with interior item removal like furniture, bedding and other normal interior contents. Mud, muck and silt deposits will need to be shoveled out and thrown away. Then drywall, sheetrock, insulation and any electric materials that were covered with water will need to be removed. Volunteers and homeowners will have to scrub, clean and bleach the homes. Once everything has been removed, the doors and windows to the home will need to be left open for them to dry out and fans used if you have them.

Donations
Tulsa Community Foundation (TCF) and Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) have established a Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma to provide assistance to nonprofit organizations which are providing services and support to residents of eastern Oklahoma affected by recent
flooding and weather events. Donations can be made securely at www.TulsaCF.org/2019storms.

Donations by check should be made payable to Tulsa Community Foundation and include: “Disaster Relief Fund for Eastern Oklahoma” in the memo of the check. Mail checks to Tulsa Community Foundation, 7030 S. Yale Ave., Suite 600, Tulsa, Okla., 74136. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Storm Victim Protection
Storm victim’s insurance cannot be cancelled for the next 30 days. A bulletin issued by Insurance Commissioner Glen Mulready on May 24, 2019 to all insurance companies directs them to keep coverage in effect for storm victims for the next 30 days. This applies to Oklahomans who have insurance residing in the affected zip codes.

The bulletin addresses health maintenance organizations, accident and health insurers, third party administrators, discount medical plan organizations, property and casualty insurers, surplus and excess lines insurers and county mutual insurers. It includes property and casualty insurance, life insurance, accident and health insurance, disability insurance and all lines of coverage regulated by the Oklahoma Insurance Department.

Some key points of the bulletin are:
• All coverage for storm victims shall continue under all insurance policies for the next 30 days.
• Storm victims can get a copy of their insurance policy free of charge.
• Any rate increases for policies in the affected areas filed on or after the effective date of the bulletin will be deferred.

Shelters
Currently, the Red Cross is encouraging evacuees to its shelter at Faith Church, 1901 West 171st St. in Glenpool. The Red Cross shelter at Crosstown Church of Christ, 3400 E. Admiral Place, is at capacity. Levee evacuation transportation routes have ended, and buses will be used in the coming days for resident reentry when evacuated neighborhoods are deemed safe.

For animals, a temporary shelter at Tulsa Expo Square Fairground Pavilion (south entrance) is open from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The temporary pet shelter at the Fairgrounds is accepting pet food, blankets and towels. For large animal shelter requests, please contact 211. Animal rescue assistance requests can be made by calling Tulsa Animal Welfare at (918) 596-8000, press option 6, beginning at 9 a.m.

Residents in Tulsa County with questions or concerns related to the flooding event or evacuations can call 211. 211 is also equipped to take damage assessments and answer questions about donations to those affected by the floods. As of yesterday, the 211 Center has taken more than 2,000 calls and continue to staff up to handle the additional load.

PSO
PSO will be notified to restore power to areas that were disconnected when authorities deem neighborhoods safe. As of 11 a.m., residents in the Cherry Hill area are returning home. Wind River residents who self-evacuated returned home yesterday. PSO is working to restore power to the area east of Garden City. Candlestick Beach in Tulsa County returned home.

If you requested PSO to disconnect your service, call PSO to begin the reconnection process. If authorities requested your disconnection, an inspection may be necessary. If you have any questions about whether an inspection is necessary for your electrical system and weather heads, call PSO at (888) 218-3919. Beware of scammers that want to inspect your home and do not have any city identification, vehicles or other verification. To ensure the electrician you are hiring is licensed, visit: cibverify.ok.gov/clients/okcib/public/licenseesearch/licenseesearch.aspx.

Barricade Safety
Police continue to urge people to not drive around barricades. These barricades are put up for the safety of everyone. River Parks and The Gathering Place remains closed. This area should be avoided, has unstable ground and any attempt to drive around barricades, especially in this area, is dangerous and puts your life and the lives of our first responders at risk.

Health Advisory
Residents are advised to stay away from floodwater and standing waters as they can be dangerous. Floodwaters can contain harmful debris, sewage and snakes. The Tulsa Health Department is offering tetanus shots at no cost at any of its immunization clinics during normal working hours. For hours and locations, call (918)-582-9355. You can also visit www.tulsa-health.org/flood-safety, which contains a multitude of resources, including information about our no-cost tetanus shots, floodwater precautions, tips for safely re-entering your home, and recommendations for food establishments.

In the aftermath of a traumatic event, such as a flood or tornado damage, the initial focus is on the physical impact of property. As time goes on, the emotional impact begins to surface. It is critically important Oklahomans are able to access care and assistance for their physical and mental health during these difficult times in our state. Mental Health Association Oklahoma and their partners stand ready to help in their recovery. For more information visit https://mhaok.org/.

Road Closures
Flooding continues to impact roads in the Tulsa metro. For local road closures, visit www.cityoftulsa.org/rivermaps. For highway closure information, visit: www.okroads.org, with a complete list of closures at www.odot.org

Stay Updated
Follow the City of Tulsa on Twitter @cityoftulsagov and visit www.cityoftulsa.org for updates. Live feeds from news conferences are available on the City of Tulsa Gov Facebook.

The City of Tulsa website has a Google translator that can translate all web pages in more than 121 languages. The City of Tulsa is also adding translations of this briefing in various languages to the City’s Facebook page when available.

This year’s June 9 VIP Tent during the big Tulsa Tough race through our neighborhood should be even better. Remember, it’s all day fun and we have shade, food and beer. Even with the course change, we still have the best view on the course, particularly since Riverside grassy areas will be closed. While they last, get your VIP Tickets and buy a once in a life time ride in the pace car. Get excited, friends!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/riverview-vip-party-at-cry-baby-hill-tickets-61807117753

Friends of Riverview, this year’s Tulsa Tough race through our neighborhood is shaping up to be the best ever…with all this rain, Tulsan’s could use a break. Remember, the Riverview Neighborhood Association still has tickets for sale for the VIP Tent (we’ll cut off at some point) and also for Pace Car Rides. In light of the changes in the route (see below) and what appears to be limited access to grassy areas, it seems pretty clear that our tent will be the prime place on the course to watch. We have real estate on Cry Baby Hill which is not under water. Terra firma, kids. Terra firma!

https://www.tulsaworld.com/sports/saint-francis-tulsa-tough-officials-working-feverishly-to-reroute-courses/article_d43c9688-4663-5706-878c-15db7c3970cd.html

Sorry for the late reminder, but it was a hurricane, like a really big one, probably, or maybe I found myself staring at the beautiful flowers down at our Cry Baby Plaza for like a month and looked up yesterday to discover there’s a meeting today.  Then when I typed this post, I somehow didn’t hit the right send button. Double oops.

Anyway, our VIP Tent Party for the Cry Baby Hill race on June 9, 2019, is fast approaching. We’ll talk tonight about all the fun in store and could sure use some ideas and a helping hand. With my almost desperate face on, pretty please come by to Baxter’s Interurban Grill at 7th and Houston at 6:30 to enjoy some appetizers and discuss the planning. Rick Eagleton, President.

Please join us at 6:30 for our monthly meeting at Baxter’s when we welcome Malcolm McCollam to discuss this June’s Tulsa Tough, Cry Baby Hill race in our neighborhood.

Our next association meeting will be at Baxters, on April 10, 2019, at 6:30pm. We invite our good friend, Malcolm McCollam, Executive Director of Tulsa Tough, to give us a report on what’s planned for this June’s big race through our neighborhood. He’s going to join us not just to report but also to field questions.  Each year, race day is a great way to showcase our the Riverview Historic District and the welcoming spirit of our neighbors. Please join us in welcoming Malcolm.

As I, your reluctant President, am not able to attend this meeting, I’ll take it easy on those who have been tapped to be in charge. So the rest of the agenda will be flexible.  If you wish to discuss the VIP tent, that would be sparkly.  In any event, I would suggest those in attendance have a lively debate as to which appetizer at Baxters is best.  Rick.

Remember, our next Association meeting is tomorrow at Baxter’s Interurban. Please join in to talk Association stuff and, specifically, this year’s Cry Baby Hill VIP party.

Riverview Neighbors, Things are warming up and so are we getting ready for another great Cry Baby Hill, Riverview VIP tent party at Cry Baby Plaze, during Sunday’s Tulsa Tough races on June 9, 2019. We need volunteers (as in we really need volunteers). Please come to the Association Meeting next Wednesday to hear a description of the event from Sam Johnson and find out how you can help. This event, and the whole day of fun activities, are the best thing we do each year to showcase our neighborhood. We want to be able to continue to do it and need volunteers. (Volunteering also gets you a leg up on the BBQ, line, so there’s that.) This meeting we’ll also talk about Alert Neighbors and our progress. Please join us at Baxters (7th and Houston) and meet some new neighbors. Rick Eagleton, President.

Remember, tonight’s Association meeting will be at 6:30 at Baxter’s. We look forward to seeing you. Everyone who comes will receive either a new car, a two-week whirlwind, world vacation, or a hearty handshake. Rick Eagleton, Pres.

Friends, The trees are budding and the pipes are unfreezing,…well, then they’re freezing again and unfreezing.  OK, maybe we have a bit more of this cold stuff, but Groundhog Day has passed and Spring Training is about to start. So, let’s all get upbeat about the thing, and get together for a little neighborhood social time. As an agenda item for our February meeting, we’ll talk about our status of implementing the Alert Neighbors program, which we are doing with the assistance of Crime Stoppers. It’s pretty exciting to get started on this to make our neighborhood even more welcoming. I hope you’ll come and hear what’s going on and volunteer.  For it to work, we need folks all around the neighborhood to become knowledgeable. We could use you.

Also, we’re going to ask for volunteers to help with a Welcoming Committee to the neighborhood. It surely was nice when I moved into the neighborhood and greeted by so many neighbors with goodies.  The Association would like to formally greet all new families into the neighborhood and let them know what’s what. Getting to know neighbors can’t help but improve the experience for all of us.

We’ll also talk a bit about upcoming events and opportunities in the neighborhood, so I hope you’ll come join us. Please take note of the new time of 6:30pm, still at Baxters Interurban at 7th and Houston. As always, feel free to call me if you have any questions about the neighborhood or our Association. Rick Eagleton, President.  (918) 845-0637