Runaway barges on Arkansas River hit dam in Oklahoma, a minimum of one sinks

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WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. — Two barges that broke unfastened on the swollen Arkansas River have struck a dam in Oklahoma, and a minimum of one sank into the river.

Muskogee County Emergency Administration spokeswoman Tricia Germany says the barges have been carrying a complete of about 3,800 kilos of fertilizer. Germany says the priority was that the barges would block the water stream by the dam, however mentioned the water initially gave the impression to be flowing nicely.

The barges have been floating uncontrolled, on and off once more, since Wednesday evening close to the city of Webbers Falls. Aerial footage from the Oklahoma Metropolis tv station KFOR confirmed the second of impression shortly earlier than midday Thursday.

Officers had issued a compulsory evacuation order due to flooding considerations Wednesday evening for the 600 residents of the city, which is positioned about 70 miles southeast of Tulsa.

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