- Associated Press - Saturday, May 9, 2015

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) - Emergency officials in Shawnee are closely watching a lake that’s at risk of breaching its dam and flooding dozens of homes.

Emergency Management Director Donald Lynch said Saturday that water is being pumped from the lake in the Granada Estates neighborhood, but that more rain is forecast and could breach the dam. The Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s Mesonet has recorded 2.95 inches of rain in Shawnee since Friday morning.

Lynch says 100 to 150 people live in the neighborhood and about 25 homes would be in direct danger if the dam is breached. Lynch says a Red Cross shelter is open at First Baptist Church in Shawnee, but most residents have remained in their homes.

In Norman, at least 10 streets remain closed due to flooding or downed power lines.


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