ENID, Okla. — Heavy rain Thursday caused flooding of roads throughout parts of Garfield County, forcing authorities to make one rescue near Kremlin.

Mike Honigsberg, director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management, said a woman driving on 54th between Keowee and Buffalo drove into water in a low-lying area, and her car was washed off the road and into a fence.

The Garfield County Water Rescue Team was activated, he said, and rescued the woman. Responders from Kremlin, Hillsdale-Carrier, Waukomis, Douglas, Pond Creek, GCEM, Garfield County Sheriff's Office, Life EMS and Pond Creek EMS were part of the team.

In addition, water entered several homes in Kremlin, including one that had about 3 inches of water, Honigsberg said.

A tank battery at 54th and Hayward also was struck by lightning, he said, and exploded. Firefighters from Waukomis and Pioneer-Skeleton Creek departments handled that incident.

"We had a lot of water over roads," Honigsberg said.

Among those roads closed at one time were Keowee between Hillsdale and U.S. 81 and east of Kremlin at 42nd, as well as 54th near Union and Buffalo between 78th and 90th.

Several areas in Garfield County received 5 or more inches of rain Thursday, Honigsberg said, including Covington, Hunter, Kremlin and Hillsdale.

As of 6 p.m. Thursday, the Mesonet weather-reporting site at Breckinridge had received 2.4 inches of rain in the previous 24 hours, with the site at Marshall receiving 3.5 inches, the site at Lahoma receiving 2.6 inches and the site at Fairview recording 3.23 inches.

City of Enid Public Works Department also closed several streets during parts of the day, including 16th between Chestnut and Locust; 23rd between Chestnut and Walnut; Randolph at 19th; 3rd and Forest; 3rd and Walnut; 300 East Elm; 26th and Eucalyptus; and 25th and Cedar.

At 4:30 p.m., National Weather Service issued a flood warning for parts of Kay, Noble, Grant and Garfield counties, warning of possible flooding as runoff from the heavy rain filled creeks and streams. The warning was to stay in effect until later Thursday night.

The forecast through the weekend calls for mostly sunny weather, according to NWS. 

There is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early Friday, with otherwise mostly cloudy skies.

The sun should be out Saturday, with another slight chance of rain Sunday.

Elsewhere in the state Thursday, streets in Oklahoma City flooded and firefighters reported rescuing stranded motorists in at least a dozen spots.


Compiled by staff for the Enid News & Eagle, a CNHI News Service publication.

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Rains is police and court reporter for the Enid News & Eagle. Follow him on Twitter, @cassrains. He can be reached at crains@enidnews.com.

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