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Barges loose on Arkansas River during massive flooding in Oklahoma

Posted at 9:28 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 13:05:59-04

WEBBERS FALLS, Oklahoma — Muskogee County (Oklahoma) Emergency Management officials confirmed Thursday morning loose barges that were moving slowly reached the Webbers Falls dam.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s deputies say the barges moved slowly down the Arkansas River, and they didn't expect much damage at Webbers Falls dam.

It was a waiting game to see what would happen.

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Officials said the two barges were caught up about seven miles upstream of the Webbers Falls dam, and broke loose in the current before OHP could secure them.

Crews put sandbags at Webbers Falls dam in anticipation of the barges making their way downstream. The Arkansas River continues to be above flood stage. Meanwhile, I-40 and Highway 100 remain closed.