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WW2-Era Submarine Secured After Being Refloated by Oklahoma Floods

A World War II-era submarine which normally sits on dry land at Oklahoma’s Muskogee War Memorial Park was refloated by rising floodwaters on Wednesday, May 22, before volunteers and officials secured it again on Friday. Governor Kevin Stitt took a helicopter flight on Friday with the Oklahoma National Guard to survey flooding in the Muskogee area. This footage shows him observing the submarine, the USS Batfish, which is seen surrounded by floodwaters. Muskogee War Memorial Park director Brent Trout said on Friday that volunteers and officials had secured the submarine, filling its ballast tanks to weigh it down. Shortly after sharing this video, Stitt extended a state of emergency to all 77 Oklahoma counties due to “flooding, severe storms, tornadoes, and straight-line winds that began in April.” Stitt had declared a state of emergency in 52 counties on May 1, and added 14 more on May 8. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said on May 23 that two people had been killed due to flooding and severe weather, and 83 had been injured. Evacuation orders remained in effect for several areas. Credit: Governor Kevin Stitt via Storyful



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