Broken Arrow pounded with rain, crews battling major water line break
By John Dobberstein, Editor
As thunderstorms continued to train over the metro area Thursday night, city crews are battling a major waterline break.
At about 7:45 p.m., the break began to impact the city’s water storage. Due to the heavy rain crews were having difficulty finding the break. Creeks, streams, bar ditches and our conveyance systems are swollen with stormwater.
The City of Broken Arrow has implemented emergency operations plans to help stabilize the water storage. The biggest concern tonight is finding the break, isolating it and repairing it in such a manner that we can recover our storage before tomorrow morning’s demand on the system.
The city is experiencing areas of low water pressure largely on the west and south sides of the city due to the break. Water pressure in these areas may be low for an extended period of time due to the difficulties the heavy rains have created.
The city said it will keep the public updated as more information is gathered and progress is made to restore the system.
At least 2 inches of rain has fallen in Broken Arrows this evening and more is expected overnight. Tulsa County is in a flash flood warning until 2:45 a.m. Friday.