Search continues for boy missing after flash floods in Oklahoma
DUNCAN — The search is on for a missing boy who was last seen before flash flooding swept through southern Oklahoma.
Damion Alexander Davidson, 8, went missing early Sunday from the 1400 block of N 7 Street.
He was last seen playing in puddles midmorning by two Duncan Power employees north of 10th and Beech. The boy's pants were found Sunday night near Claridy Creek, south of Bois D'Arc Avenue, police said.
Damion is autistic and nonverbal, and police are asking the public to review any surveillance video they may have of U.S. 81 from Spruce to Bois D'Arc from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday.
Multiple dive teams, helicopters and drones scoured the area Monday for the boy, who had stacked bean bag chairs to unlock the front door and get out. The boy's mother reported that he is fascinated by water and thunderstorms.
The search continued a day after flash flooding swept through the city, leaving some roads and areas of the city underwater.
The nearest Mesonet site to Duncan, located north of the city in the Grady County ghost town of Acme, recorded 8.81 inches of rain in two days. During the same window, the Apache site recorded 6.37 inches. Ketchum Ranch, Medicine Park and Walters also received more than 4 inches each in the two days prior, according to the Mesonet.
Turner Falls Park closed Sunday, but opened Monday morning at the regular time.
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Roads and highways in Comanche, Murray and Stephens counties were also closed due to rapidly deepening waters which have also washed out some underlying roads, state emergency management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.
"Don't drive into roadways covered in water. That road may be completely washed away underneath. That's what we're seeing here," she said.
"We really don't have any reports of damage to properties. Pretty much all the reports we've seen are
reports of road closures, roads washed out, that sort of thing," Cain said.
"Sometimes flood damage take a little more time to assess, so we may have more information in the next few days," she said.
Jessie Foster, her son, Larry Foster, and her granddaughter spent Monday mopping water from tile floors in her sister's small, vacant house which is on the market.
The water from a creek about 100 feet from the property rose to a height of about two feet on the west and south sides of the structure. Water flowed onto the front porch and through the front door. The home's garage collected more water as it sits on a lower foundation.
Foster said her sister has home insurance but wasn't sure if the damage is covered. An insurance adjuster had not assessed damage as of Monday afternoon.
Contributing: Jim Beckel, Staff Photographer