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Flash flooding in Miami, OK leaves nearly 10 side streets closed

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Flash flooding in Miami, OK leaves more than a dozen roads closed.

City emergency management officials estimate they have received more than five inches of rain since 2:00 this morning.

Highway 69-A and the truck route are now open, but eight to ten side streets throughout the city remain closed.

"It can be an inconvenience trying to get around town with different roads shut down," said Alex Lively, Fairland resident.

Lively has been driving to Miami all his life.

He says while high waters create a more challenging commute, it also creates the perfect conditions for some river bank fishing, which is now just on the edge of the Riverview Park parking lot.

"When the water gets up like this, the catfishing is pretty good," Lively said.

Officials say the Neosho River near Commerce is also under a flood watch with a flood stage of over 15 feet.

"Right now, it's at about 15.5," said Glenda Longan, Emergency Management Director, City of Miami.

Longan says the river level is expected to raise by more than three feet.

"It could come up more, which will probably keep Veterans Boulevard from being open," she said.

Longan strongly encourages drivers to avoid the flooded areas, especially at Riverview Park and near the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College campus.

"Don't drive into it," she said. "You don't know what might have happened underneath that water that you cannot see."

Some homes in the area are also at risk.

Longan says there have been no injuries, but some lessons learned.

"The few people that have been stranded have been pulled out of the flood waters and probably won't do that again," Longan said.

As for Lively, he is not afraid of any further raise in water levels. 

He and other fisherman will have their poles ready.

"If it comes up a lot more, several feet more, there will be good catfish fishing in the park," Lively said.

City officials say the portion of 22nd Street near Tar Creek, also known as Veterans Boulevard, is the largest road still closed.

They hope to reopen it sometime tomorrow afternoon.
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