Officials monitor Shawnee lake dam

By The Associated Press | Posted - May 9, 2015 at 11:31 a.m.



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SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Emergency officials are closely watching an Oklahoma lake that's at risk of breaching its dam and flooding about 25 homes.

Officials in Shawnee, about 40 miles east of Oklahoma City, are monitoring the levels of Granada Lake. The area has received nearly 3 inches of rain since Friday morning, and more rain is forecast.

Emergency Management Director Donald Lynch says water is being pumped from the lake in the Granada Estates neighborhood, which is home to 100 to 150 people.

Lynch says a Red Cross shelter is open at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, but most residents have remained in their homes.

Heavy rains on Friday night caused some flooding in other parts of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety says high water forced the closure of some roads, including part of Interstate 44 in Tulsa.

Streets were also closed in Norman due to flooding or downed power lines.

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