Oklahoma

Beto O'Rourke visits flood-damaged Oklahoma communities

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on the ground in Sand Springs to meet with those who are not only recovering from an historic flood but who are preparing their community for the next.
Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke with locals in Sand Springs, Oklahoma. Photo: Beto O’Rourke/Facebook

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke on Sunday toured Tulsa communities on the Arkansas River in Oklahoma that have been devastated by severe weather and historic flooding.

Details: O'Rourke vowed if he were elected in 2020, he'd direct federal grants to invest in communities before natural disasters strike as climate change is due to worsen the situation, the Oklahoman reports.

Levees breach, forcing thousands to evacuate Central U.S. floods

This image shows a small shop surrounded by floodwater.
Floodwater from the Mississippi River begins to cover the streets on May 30 in Barnhart, Mo. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Flooding in Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma has caused thousands to evacuate, as recent levee breaches along the Arkansas and Mississippi Rivers create new waterways that have spread into homes and businesses.

The latest: Arkansas officials called for 160 homes in Yell County to evacuate on Friday as a levee breach brought floodwaters to over 40 feet. Three Missouri towns were told to evacuate on Thursday after a levee breached along a creek connected to the Mississippi River. Rivers in the region are at or near all-time highs after weeks of torrential rainfall.