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Many Oklahomans were awakened once again by the now-familiar sound of torrential rains early Tuesday morning. The heavy morning rains caused wide-spread flooding across the state.

Passing thunderstorms dumped 3.99 inches of rain in Minco and a whopping 6.5 inches in Shawnee. In fact, 53 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties were under some kind of weather advisory, watch or severe weather warning.

According to KOCO-TV morning meteorologist Rusty McCranie, as of Monday, June 25, 28.03 inches of rainfall have been recorded at Will Rogers World Airport. Normal rainfall for that date is 18.17 inches.

Which puts total rainfall at 9.86 inches above normal for the year-not including Tuesday’s totals.

McCranie said monthly rainfall averages are March, 2.9 inches, April, 3.0 inches, May, 5.44 inches and June, 4.63 inches. However, this year things are a little different, with 8.20 inches in March, 2.57 inches in April, 8.49 inches in May and 6.25 inches so far in June, with rain in the forecast for at least the next five days.

“Flooding is a big risk,” said McCranie. “More heavy rain is likely today (Tuesday), adding to the flood risk.”

Assistant City Manager Mike Brice said that, although the Washita River is expected to crest at more than 20 feet about 1 a.m. Wednesday, unless there are more heavy rains in town, Chickasha should not be affected by flooding.

“If we get more rain as the water level goes higher, it could affect Chickasha,” said Brice. “Some areas may flood from low-lying creeks, but right now, it is not expected.”

Brice said the city is in the contingency planning phase and is making sure enough sand bags and barriers are on hand in case flooding does occur.

“We’re making sure we’ve got all our ducks in a row,” said Brice.

Many Chickasha residents are also planning ahead, as well as dealing with current water problems.

“We have been selling a lot of sand today,” said Ross Seed Company Manager Paul Horton. “We ran out of packaged goods like tube sand and Playsand. People have been bringing in their own bags to fill.”

Horton said a new shipment of sand is expected Tuesday afternoon.

“We sold out of submersible pumps, too,” said Horton. “Some of my customers said it has been 20 years since they had water in their basements.”

Other popular items are roof tar, tarps and plastic sheeting.

“Those are the big things people are using right now,” said Horton, who is expecting a new shipment of submersible pumps later today.

Interestingly, according to koco.com’s weather blog, Seattle has received 17 inches of measurable rainfall during the months of May and June. However, Oklahoma has received 28 inches of measurable precipitation over the same time period.

Also according to the blog, we are currently, “stuck in (a) wet weather pattern where tropical moisture will interact with a stalled upper-level low pressure system. This combination will produce rainfall amounts in excess of five inches in many areas this week.”

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