Flooding Takes Oklahoma City Man's Life

Aug 9, 2013

Severe thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma Thursday night causing flooding and power outages across the area.

Rainfall amounts from Thursday night's severe storms.
Credit Oklahoma Mesonet

Oklahoma City police say a 60-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue a relative who was stranded by floodwaters.

Police say the man was swept into a drainage canal and drowned early Friday in northwest Oklahoma City. Police say the relative, who was stranded in a car, escaped without injury.

That incident happened near NW 122nd and Pennsylvania. Police reported water over the roadway there with three stalled cars in the intersection.

The northwest parts of the Oklahoma City metro saw the most significant flooding overnight. The Oklahoma Mesonet reported 3.76 inches of rain falling in that area during the storm.

A lightning strike is being blamed for a fire that destroyed a home in Nichols Hills.

Wind gusts of more than 60 miles-per-hour were reported in several locations as the storms passed through.

Oklahoma Gas and Electric reported a peak of about 17,000 customers without electricity. As of Friday morning, that number fell to around 9,500.

Forecasters say showers remain possible Friday, but additional rainfall will be light.