MIAMI – The Neosho River was expected to crest at 19.4 feet on Tuesday after heavy weekend rains.
“We were (predicted to receive) 2 to 4 (inches) and we got about 3 inches,” said Glenda Longan, Ottawa County Emergency Management director.
The Neosho was at 17.94 feet at 11 a.m. Monday and should drop below flood stage Wednesday, according to the Corps of Engineers.
Seven east Tainter (radial arm) gates and one main Tainter gate were opened at 10 a.m. Monday at Pensacola Dam.
“It didn't get as bad as they thought,” Longan said.
The only road closure Sunday was U.S. 69A near Buffalo Run Casino, but that lasted only a short time.
The 365-day rainfall total for Miami now is at 57.7 inches, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet, a world-class network of environmental monitoring stations located across the state. The network was designed and implemented by scientists at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University.
With two weeks remaining, this is the wettest year for Miami since 2008, when the total was 57.02 inches.
The rainfall total for 2014 was 38.17 inches, according to Mesonet figures.