Rainfall leading to creeks filling up

Updated on May 25 at 1:50 p.m. — The Flood Advisory for the Cottonwood Creek at Guthrie has been canceled by the National Weather Service.

With an official rain amount approaching five inches, the Cottonwood Creek that flows through Guthrie is moving and rising.

Officially, Guthrie has received 4.45 inches of rain in the past 48 hours, but several resident’s rain gauges show over five inches of precipitation.

The National Weather Service issued a Flood Advisory Warning for the Cottonwood Creek on Tuesday.

The weather service added if motorists encounter a flooded roadway, turn around and find an alternative route.

The advisory is in effect until early Thursday morning.

The impact level on the creek is believed to reach bankfull levels, or higher in a few places along the rural flood plain downstream to the Cimarron River.

The current forecast is for the Cottonwood to rise to 20 feet, which is the action stage. Flood stage is 22 feet.

“Some rural roads have some water over them in places, but the creek is holding its own,” Guthrie Fire Chief Eric Harlow said Tuesday evening.

Additional rain is expected Tuesday evening and could increase the creek levels.

“No real flooding is expected unless we get a lot more rain,” Harlow said.


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