Turner Falls is located close to Ardmore, Oklahoma and not far off interstate I-35. It is owned and operated by the city of Davis.
Old sign at Turner Falls pretty well describes all the features of the Park.
Be advised, No Pets Allowed In Park.
By Michael Pineda, Staff Writer
Posted Apr 09, 2012 @ 08:05 AM
Heavy rainfall forced the evacuation of Turner Falls Park Sunday as 80 people were expected to stay overnight in the Murray County Expo Center.
Heavy rainfalls combined with ground saturation and full streams led to flooding conditions. The evacuation began at 11 a.m. with over 600 people being taken to safety. Darryl McCurtain, Davis Emergency Management Officer and Davis Vice-Mayor, estimated the park had received approximately five inches in rain from thunderstorms, which hit the area early Sunday morning.
“What we are estimating is we had about 575 people camping in tents,” McCurtain said.
“That does not include the ones staying in cabins or strengthened shelters, we had 80 there. There are 387 that have gone through the Expo Center. There have been no injuries and nobody’s vehicles have been damaged.”
The Red Cross, Chickasaw Nation helped with the effort as did county and community entities. McCurtain also credited the community for pulling together to provide safety and shelter to holiday campers. The Davis Fire Department helped evacuate 41 people that were camped across the creek. McCurtain said those people hiked over a mile and a half to safety.
“We have had tremendous help from the county, Davis and Sulphur,” McCurtain said. “The churches have pitched in and brought food and we borrowed buses from the school to transport people.
“We have people surveying the damage right now and we are still recovering from the flood in November.”
The evacuation effort will continue today. A handful of park visitors, which were in the cabins, elected to stay overnight and other campers still have vehicles and camping equipment in the park. McCurtain said he had spoken with the National Weather Service and he expects more rain.
“We are hoping the creek will go down enough so they can get some of their vehicles and stuff out,” he said. “We hope the water can recede before more rain Monday night.”