Heavy rain, flash flood causes road closures - KSWO, Lawton, OK- Wichita Falls, TX: News, Weather, Sports. ABC, 24/7, Telemundo -

Heavy rain, flash flood causes road closures

[Source KSWO] [Source KSWO]

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) All the heavy rain Friday caused some major issues in Lawton.

24 areas across town were closed due to flash flooding.

Some drivers even got stranded and needed to be rescued.

East Gore and Wolf Creek were just a couple of those areas hit by the flash floods.

The City of Lawton Streets and traffic control superintendent, Cliff Haggenmiller said as the rain came in quickly, drains weren't able to clear at the same pace which caused water to overflow on the roads.

"It's just not capable of taking on that amount of water one time," said Haggenmiller. "So, it just takes time for it to start to run off and move out of the area."

He said as the rain recedes some barricades and signs put up to caution drivers, will still remain up until those roads are deemed safe to drive on again.

However, Friday morning he said some drivers chose to ignore those warnings.

"Vehicles continually passing through and actually driving over our traffic control to go through those areas," said Haggenmiller. "Also, we've witnessed vehicles going around and up into private driver yards to get around that traffic control."

Haggenmiller stressed the importance of abiding by the warning signs and encouraged all drivers not to ignore the road signs and practice extreme caution while driving.

"Try to avoid the outside lanes," said Haggenmiller. "Those are usually the ones that get the most water on them. Stay to the inside lane. Watch your speeds. But more importantly please do not drive around any of our barricades or high water signs."

Copyright 2017 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

    US readies new sanctions against North Korea, individuals

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 3:41 AM EST2017-11-21 08:41:17 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-11-21 17:24:13 GMT

    North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step.

    North Korea on Monday joined Iran, Sudan and Syria on the terror blacklist, a largely symbolic step.

  • Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Judge permanently blocks Trump sanctuary cities order

    Monday, November 20 2017 9:50 PM EST2017-11-21 02:50:59 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-11-21 17:24:02 GMT

    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

    The judge said Trump cannot set new conditions on spending approved by Congress.

  • White House: Trump and Putin spoke by phone, Syria on agenda

    White House: Trump and Putin spoke by phone, Syria on agenda

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 8:11 AM EST2017-11-21 13:11:14 GMT
    Tuesday, November 21 2017 12:24 PM EST2017-11-21 17:24:00 GMT
    The White House says President Donald Trump plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
    The White House says President Donald Trump plans to speak with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
Powered by Frankly