The Edmond Sun

Local News

June 14, 2013

Firefighters, police aid growing list of communities

EDMOND — During the past few weeks Edmond first responders have been busy, assisting a growing list of incidents — tornadoes, flash flooding and a drowning.

On May 19, tornado paths tracked in or near Edmond, Arcadia, Luther, Carney and Shawnee.

On May 20 tornadoes were in or near Newcastle, Little Axe, Oklahoma City, Moore, El Reno, Marlow, Bray and Meeker. Heavy rains affected much of Oklahoma County.

On May 31, an EF-5 tornado with a maximum width of 2.6 miles and maximum winds of 295 mph formed in the El Reno area. Other tornado paths tracked in or near Omega, Calumet, Lightning Creek Park, southwest Oklahoma City and Moore. Flash flooding led to at least 23 high water rescues. The rains elevated the water level of Arcadia Lake by 10.5 feet flooding much of the park areas. The city closed the lake to the public indefinitely as of June 3, but city officials are hopeful the lake will reopen soon. The elevated water levels flowing downstream from the metro may have played a role in a drowning near Luther in the Deep Fork River.

Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said the agency sent several personnel to Moore who worked in 15-hour shifts day and night through May 24. They assisted with command post operations, securing the perimeter and they detained looters until they were arrested by the Moore Police Department.

Monroe said the EPD had 5.75 hours of overtime on the May 19 Edmond tornado and 592.25 hours of OT on the Moore tornado. The agency is still working with the federal government to determine the amount of reimbursement, Monroe said.

“For the men and women of the Edmond Police Department, it’s natural instinct to want to help,” Monroe said. “They understand what their colleagues are going through.”

The agency also knows, due to the brotherhood that exists among first responders, that if a need were to arise in Edmond, others would come here, Monroe said.

Fire Chief Jake Rhoades said on May 20, the Edmond Fire Department sent nearly 40 personnel including members of an urban search-and-rescue team and the department’s nine fire recruits. Fire personnel worked shifts until the following day, Rhoades said.

After their service, they were debriefed by a facilitator who did the same following the EF-5 tornado that hit Joplin a couple of years ago, Rhoades said. Debriefing helps personnel process their feelings and prepares them for the next call, he said.

Since May 19, Edmond personnel have responded to weather-related events in Carney, Shawnee, Kingfisher, Moore and most recently the drowning near Luther in the Deep Fork River, Rhoades said. As long as Edmond is taken care of first, city officials support assisting other communities as needs arise, Rhoades said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Anne Josette Hill Police seek teen last seen in Edmond-north OKC area

    The family of a missing teenage girl made a plea to the public Friday to help them find the Casady honors student.

    April 19, 2014 2 Photos

  • 4-19 Calendar

    For information about Edmond senior programs, stop by and pick up a monthly calendar, check out the website at or call 216-7600. Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m. and reservations are needed a day in advance by 11 a.m. For lunch reservations, call 330-6293 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    April 19, 2014

  • UCO plans Earth Day Fair

    The University of Central Oklahoma invites the community to celebrate sustainability with its Earth Day Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 22 in locations throughout Central’s campus.
    The fair kicks off at 10 a.m. around Broncho Lake with exhibitions from local businesses, state agencies and student organizations. Visitors will have the opportunity to learn about its environmental mission and message.

    April 19, 2014

  • UCO School of Music closes semester with concert series

    The University of Central Oklahoma School of Music will wrap up its instrumental performance season with three concerts featuring Central students April 29 through May 1 at Mitchell Hall Theater located on the UCO campus.    

    April 19, 2014

  • Fine Arts 1 Auction benefits Fine Arts Institute

    The Spring Sampler dinner and auction event April 12 at Oak Tree Country Club benefitted the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond.

    April 18, 2014 4 Photos

  • Kaiser joins Thunder ownership group

    Tulsa businessman George B. Kaiser has been approved by the NBA Board of Governors as a new partner in The Professional Basketball Club LLC, which owns the Oklahoma City Thunder. Thunder Chairman and CEO Clayton I. Bennett made the announcement Friday. Kaiser is purchasing the ownership interest of Tom L. Ward.
    “We are honored to welcome George Kaiser as a member of the ownership group of the Oklahoma City Thunder,” Bennett said. “George is a well-respected and important Oklahoma business leader, as well as one of the state and nation’s top philanthropists. His commitment to successful business and community leadership is in true alignment with that of the Thunder.
    “I also appreciate the commitment and leadership provided by Tom Ward as a member of our ownership group from the beginning,” Bennett added.

    April 18, 2014

  • Literally, books come to life for club

    When some of the women at Touchmark at Coffee Creek got together to form a book club, they didn’t know it would be so much fun and become such an important part of their lives.
    The group of about a dozen residents gets together monthly to not only discuss the assigned novel, memoir or classic, but also to immerse themselves in the setting and culture of the book. There is no limit to their creativity.

    April 18, 2014

  • pink.jpg Local children win Edmond Sun Easter coloring contest

    Two local children were named winners of The Edmond Sun’s Easter coloring contest. At left, Madsion Porter, 4, daughter of Tracy Porter, won a princess Easter basket, which included a tiara, tea set, stuffed bunny rabbit and chocolate rabbit. At right, BriAnna Harbaugh, 9, daughter of Leslie Haubaugh, won a Hello Kitty Easter basket, containing art supplies, a Hello Kitty stuffed animal and a chocolate bunny.  The families also received a three-month subscription to The Edmond Sun. For your own subscription to The Edmond Sun, visit, call 341-2121, or visit 123 S. Broadway.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • jc_HarveySparks.jpg Pastor seeks congressional seat

    Working in the Congressional 1st District office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine was an eye opener for Harvey Sparks, he said. His analytical exposure to Congress has sparked his drive to run for the Congressional 5th District of Oklahoma, said Sparks, R-Oklahoma City.
    Sparks has been a pastor for the majority of his professional life. Sixteen months ago, he was asked by 1st District Congressman Jim Bridenstine to come work in his Washington, D.C., office. He and his wife, Jennifer, have three daughters and a son, ages 10-3.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Nominations being accepted for Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame

    The Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation is accepting nominations through June 1 for inductees into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. Oklahoma veterans including Medal of Honor recipients have been being honored by the hall of fame since 1999. A banquet and ceremony honoring those selected this year for the hall of fame will be Nov. 8 at the Tower Hotel, formerly Marriott Hotel, at 3233 Northwest Expressway in Oklahoma City.
    Nominees can be living or deceased. Nomination forms can be obtained by writing to the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 30658, Edmond, OK, 73003; or on the foundation’s website at

    April 18, 2014

Featured Ads
NDN Video
Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station My name is Cocaine Lohan Gets Candid About Her Sex List The 2014 New York Auto Show Meet Johnny Manziel's New Girlfriend Chelsea Clinton Announces Pregnancy Funny: Celebrating Easter with Martha Stewart and Friends Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Man hit with $525 federal fine after he doesn't pay for soda refill Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper New West, Texas Explosion Video Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN

Do you agree with a state budget proposal that takes some funds away from road and bridge projects to ramp up education funding by $29.85 million per year until schools are receiving $600 million more a year than they are now? In years in which 1 percent revenue growth does not occur in the general fund, the transfer would not take place.

     View Results