Winter storms lingered across Oklahoma dumping large amounts of rain. Perhaps blamed on El Niño, Gov. Mary Fallin declared to extend a state of emergency for the entire state of Oklahoma. After the heavy rains battered the state, flood waters were being released from the Lake Tenkiller Dam on January 1, 2016.
The quantity of water spilling from the dam is estimated at 13,000 cubic feet per second (368 cubic meters per second). To put that number in scale, that is about the size of an small to average three bedroom house spilling forth every second.