By: Angel Ellis, Director
OKMULGEE, Oklahoma–Parts of US-75, many streets and roadways throughout the Muscogee Nation Reservation, and even tribal head quarters were closed due severe flooding on June 7 when over 13 inches of rain flooded the tribal complex.
Lighthorse was forced to closed road access to the tribal offices. According to a post by MCN Principal Chief David Hill, “Emergency Management, IT, Facilities, GSA and Risk Management departments were able to minimize damage.”
Tribal facilities were able to resume work the following day.
“We also had employees go above and beyond to check on some of our citizens were in high waters areas,” Chief Hill said.
According to Okmulgee County Emergency Management, there were around 30 water rescues conducted during the downpour. There were even reports of families being displaced from homes.
The flooding also impacted operations for Lighthorse in their facility. In a press release issued from the office of public relations, the tribe has to move headquarters to a temporary location.
“Lighthorse Police Department’s building flooded during the recent flash flood,” the release said. “During this move we expect to have delays in returning non-emergency operational correspondence. “
The release also stated that much of the department’s computers, desks, phones and equipment have been damaged and are being rehoused. Mvskoke Media will update on where the department will rehouse as soon as the information is made available.