River erosion threatens Oklahoma homes

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The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local):

2:25 p.m.

Some residents along a rain-swollen Oklahoma river are evacuating after swift currents eroded the riverbank and undermined the soil beneath their homes.

Erosion along the Cimarron River has caused several homes to be threatened with collapsing into the river near Crescent, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) north of Oklahoma City.

Severe storms that have spawned tornadoes in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Iowa, has also dropped up to 9 inches (23 centimeters) of rain on parts of Oklahoma during the past week. That's caused many rivers and streams to overflow their banks.

One unoccupied home rolled off the river bank and into the Cimarron River on Tuesday. Authorities say parts of others are hanging over the riverbank and are threatened with collapsing.

Logan County Sheriff Damon Devereaux didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.

12:30 p.m.

Residents of two more Oklahoma towns are being encouraged to leave their homes ahead of expected flooding that has also prompted flooding concerns in Missouri and Kansas.

Residents in the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs and in Fort Gibson, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Tulsa are being urged to evacuate because of flooding forecast on the Arkansas River.

Residents of Webbers Falls, some 70 miles (113 kilometers) southeast of Tulsa, were advised earlier to evacuate.

The National Weather Service reports the river was at 37 feet (11 meters) late Wednesday morning, 9 feet (2.74 meters) above flood stage and expected to reach 41 feet (12.5 meters) by Friday morning.

River levels were rising Wednesday, after days of severe weather that has been blamed on at least three deaths.

11:55 a.m.

Severe storms that churned up tornadoes have prompted flooding concerns in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma.

River levels were rising Wednesday, after days of severe weather that has been blamed on at least three deaths.

The deluge inundated roadways, closing highways in 17 Kansas counties, along with more than 330 Missouri roads.

Amtrak also suspended train service Wednesday and Thursday along a route between St. Louis and Kansas City because of congestion and flood-related delays.

In Oklahoma, officials are urging residents of Webbers Falls to evacuate as the Arkansas River heads toward near-historic levels.

Forecasters say parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could see more severe weather Wednesday night into Thursday.

9:35 a.m.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says the amount of flooding in the state is the most surprising thing he saw on an aerial tour of northeastern Oklahoma.

Stitt says a big concern is more rain in the forecast.

Stitt spoke at a news conference Wednesday in Tulsa following the tour with Tulsa Mayor G.W. Bynum and other officials.

The National Weather Service has issued flood and flash flood warnings in the northeastern corner of Oklahoma through the weekend.

The warnings come after a series of storms that spawned numerous tornadoes since Sunday in Oklahoma. More than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain has fallen in parts of the state.

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