These 9 Photos Show The Devastation Of Oklahoma’s Worst Flood In Decades

2019 was a notorious year that went down in Oklahoma’s history books. Mother Nature hasn’t ever been kind to the Sooner State in May – from deadly tornadoes to large hail and historic flooding, we have felt the consequences of these weather-related events for all our lives. Many cities in northeastern Oklahoma experienced the worst flood in decades in 2019, while others were faced with historic flooding (not that that’s a whole lot better). Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes, lives were been lost, homes were damaged…and that was just the beginning. Take a look at these nine heartbreaking photos that show the devastation of Oklahoma’s worst flood in decades.

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One thing is for sure: this nightmare was the worst Oklahoma flood in decades, and we really, really hope that history never repeats itself.

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You may recall we posted an article at the beginning of May about the prediction for tornado outbreaks being above average in May and into June. Unfortunately, that prediction looks to be true. You can read all about it here.

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Oklahoma's Worst Flood in Decades

June 21, 2021

What were some of the worst natural disasters in Oklahoma history?  

Unfortunately, Oklahoma is no stranger at all to natural disasters; depending on what time of year it is, we might see anything from floods to tornadoes to intense ice storms that cripple the infrastructure of the entire state. For example, in 1905, a monster tornado ripped through Snyder, Oklahoma, killing 112 and injuring more than 150. If we had used the Enhanced Fujita Scale to rate tornadic destruction back then, this storm would have easily been an EF5 – the worst of the worst. Speaking of tornadoes, the Newcastle/Moore F5 tornado of 1999 was an absolute unrivaled monster until 2013, when another monstrous EF5 ripped through the same area. The odds of this are incredibly slim – but unfortunately, it happened anyway. For some more interesting and scary Oklahoma weather events, check this article out!  

 What was the worst flood in Oklahoma history? 

Oklahoma has seen significant flooding many times, and it’s something we’ve all had to come to terms with. 2019 was a historic year in Oklahoma for severe floods, and it’s considered to be the worst the state has ever seen. The flooding did more than 3 billion dollars in damage and claimed several lives. Eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas were most heavily affected by the disaster.  

 What are some truly unforgettable events in Oklahoma in terms of weather? 

Oklahoma is famous, in part, for its wild weather. We are, so far, the home of the most intense tornadoes on earth, with 65 F5 or EF5 tornadoes since 1950. The current record for the widest-ever tornado on record was an incredible 2.6 miles wide over El Reno, Oklahoma, outside of OKC. The floods of 2019 have gone down in history as the worst the Sooner State has seen (so far), and we’re no stranger to intense ice storms, too. Oklahoma is a beautiful state if you love weather, but you definitely might need to know what you’re getting into at some points.  

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