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Tulsa Residents on High Alert as Arkansas River Levee Faces 'Heavy Pressure'

Levees on the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were under immense pressure on Saturday, May 25, after days of severe weather, leaving residents on high alert. This video, shared by Tulsa Mayor GT Bynum, shows an aerial view of the swollen river. “This evening, the levees continue to work as designed. We have patrols walking them around the clock to check for any issues. If you live behind them, please remain alert,” he tweeted. Tulsa World reported Bynum had said the levee system would bear heavy pressure until at least Wednesday. He said residents living nearby were at “very high risk” if they didn’t evacuate. This was the first time the 70-year-old levees had received so much pressure over such an extended period, Tulsa World reported, citing officials. Residents nearby were urged to evacuate. Credit: GT Bynum via Storyful
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