- Associated Press - Monday, December 28, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) - Emergency responders in northeastern Oklahoma say heavy rainfall and extreme flooding have made conditions along the Illinois River extremely dangerous.

Ed Fite, with the Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission, says “widespread, catastrophic” damage has been caused to property and roads located near the river.

Fite says water levels at Watts, Chewey and at the Tahlequah gauge sites had either reached record flood stages or had crested by Monday afternoon.

The commission says residents shouldn’t drive within the basin after dark. It’s also warning drivers not to go through any roadway that’s covered with water.

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