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Walters prepares for rising water

Sandbags are being put together to help out families on the south side of Walters. (Source KSWO) Sandbags are being put together to help out families on the south side of Walters. (Source KSWO)
Flood water continues to rise and cover roads in Walters. (Source KSWO) Flood water continues to rise and cover roads in Walters. (Source KSWO)
Big Red Creek (Source KSWO) Big Red Creek (Source KSWO)
Big Red Creek (Source KSWO) Big Red Creek (Source KSWO)

WALTERS, OK (KSWO) -Even though the skies are mostly clear over Cotton County Tuesday evening, the flooding threat remains and they're keeping a close eye on East Cache Creek where the water is rising.

The creek is expected to crest sometime Tuesday night, endangering 12 homes on the south side of Walters. Cotton County opened an emergency operations center in Walters Monday morning after receiving more than an inch of rain. Between the county and the City of Walters, they have more than 30 tons of sand to fill sandbags to protect people's homes, if necessary. 

Cotton County Emergency Management has been monitoring the rising water and closing roads as the water makes them dangerous. Cotton County Emergency Manager Shawn Strange says he is monitoring bridges, neighborhoods and flood prone roads. He says they have even been moving livestock out of fields.

"About 8 a.m. this morning the water was probably 30 feet behind us and it has risen that fast. These two fields on either side of us had approximately 80 head of cattle that we had to move out and move up the hill," Strange said.

Strange says 2015 was a learning experience from both himself and the citizens of Walters. 

"I do think we are a lot better prepared and you know watching the citizens how much more they are prepared," Strange said.

Strange says he doesn't expect 2016’s flooding to be quite as bad as May 2015. 

"We have been very fortunate. Cotton County has not actually received a lot of rain, so we don't have the runoff that usually goes with this," Strange said.

The City of Walters and emergency management crews are making sandbags to put around people's homes who live on the south side of Walters. 

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