Stranded motorists and several children in a house trailer were among those rescued Tuesday from flooded Oklahoma City streets as authorities also searched for a teenage boy swept away by a creek at a city park.
Two boys were swept away by high water when they either jumped or fell into the creek, according to Oklahoma City Police. A 14-year-old was rescued downstream, but the search continued Tuesday evening for his 13-year-old companion.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for several counties in the area after a nearly stationary storm system quickly dumped 2 inches of rain to some parts of the region. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said Interstate 40 east of Oklahoma City was closed.
Earlier Tuesday, six people suffered minor injuries when high winds collapsed a huge tent erected on the grounds of a casino to house a Peter Frampton concert, authorities said. Most of those injured had scratches and bruises, though one man was taken to a hospital with a broken leg, said Lisa Liebl, a spokeswoman for Lucky Star Casino in Concho, about 35 miles northwest of Oklahoma City.
The casino canceled the 8 p.m. concert, which also featured the classic rock group Yes, after the tent collapsed about 4 p.m. Concert workers were conducting a sound check inside the tent when the storm hit, Liebl said, but none of the musicians who were to perform was injured.
Liebl said 10,000 tickets had been sold for the concert. Casino spokesman Mark Rodgers told The Oklahoman he was in a trailer near the concert tent when the downburst of wind hit.
"It rattled the trailer really good, and just took down the tent and we're talking about a tent that can withstand 80 mile-per-hour winds. This isn't just any tent," Rodgers said. "We're just thankful there weren't more people in the tent. That would have been absolutely horrible."
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