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Tropical Depression Erin devastates Lawton

Comanche County saw a little bit of everything from Tropical Depression Erin. Saturday night at 10:30 we heard the tornado sirens go off and a funnel cloud was spotted in Eastern Comanche County. Then, just three hours later rescuers were pulling people from their flooding homes right in the heart of downtown Lawton. Several people were also rescued from their cars as waters rapidly rose over city streets.

Then Sunday afternoon, transportation officials to close a section of Highway 7 for several hours because Beaver Creek was flowing over the road. Sunday night Emergency Management officials were keeping their eyes on the 10 creeks that feed into Beaver Creek in the eastern part of the county. And they were also closely monitoring East Cache Creek as it takes on more water from the open floodgates at both Lakes Lawtonka and Ellsworth.

But one of the most devastating creeks in Lawton Saturday night was Numu Creek, which runs right through the heart of downton Lawton. Tianna Lyons was one of the people evacuated from her home on the corner of 9th and I Avenues. She says she woke up at 3:00 a.m. to find her home surrounded by floodwaters.

"Really all I saw was water, so I was really in shock," Lyons said. "I mean I didn't know what to say, I didn't know what to think. I've never been in that situation. My first instinct was to get up and try and get some help." But the floodwaters had taken out her phone so she couldn't call for help.

Luckily her neighbors had already told rescuers she was stuck inside her home. "The fire department came, they tied a rope from tree to tree and then all the way to my house, my porch, and they came and got us and we had to walk it," she said.

She says she was only able to take the things from her house that she could carry through the water -- so she chose the bare essentials for her two-year-old daughter. Then she jumped off of her porch into waist-deep water. "It was so strong that we couldn't pick up our feet and actually walk or it would carry us away," she said. "We had to drag our feet inch by inch."

Even though this area sees flooding during every major storm -- neighbors say last night was the worst it's ever been. "I've lived in this area for 10 years and I've never seen it this bad," she said.

While Emergency Management officials say while we're clear for now, they are still watching the creek levels in the southern part of the county. And they are also tracking Hurricane Dean's progress through the Caribbean -- because if it turns to the north, that could mean even worse storms for Oklahoma.

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