KOKH reports that the barges struck Lock and Dam 16 near Webber Falls, Okla.
'VIOLENT' TORNADO STRIKES JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI AS STORMS KILL 3 AND CAUSE EXTENSIVE DAMAGE STATEWIDE
Officials in Webber Falls, a town of approximately 600 people about 70 miles southeast of Tulsa, had ordered a mandatory evacuation Wednesday afternoon because of the river's rising level. On Wednesday evening, a post on the town's official website
"Evacuate Webber's Falls immediately," the post read. 16. If the dam breaks, it will be catastrophic !! Leave now !! "
Muskogee County Emergency Management spokeswoman Tricia Germany told The Associated Press Thursday that officials
The barge emergency was ravaged the Midwest, from Texas through Oklahoma , Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri and Illinois.
The Arkansas River was approaching its historic highs while the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers were again rising after a multi-day stretch of storms that produced dozens of tornadoes. Forecasters Predicted Parts of Oklahoma, Missouri and Kansas could be more severe weather.
Authorities urged residents of several small towns in Oklahoma and Kansas to leave their homes as rivers and streams rose.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.