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Heavy rain saturates much of Texoma

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Heavy rain inundated much of Texoma on September 21, 2018. (KTEN) Heavy rain inundated much of Texoma on September 21, 2018. (KTEN)

DALLAS (AP) -- A storm system has dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death.

Arlington Fire Department Lt. Mike Joiner says the body of the 24-year-old man who was swept into a creek near the University of Texas' local campus Friday night was recovered early Saturday. His name hasn't been released.

The Dallas Fire Department says several people were rescued from the rising waters, including five Dallas police officers and a motorist. The officers became trapped while trying to rescue the motorist.

A record 14 inches of rain fell Friday at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey's site in Fittstown, which is about 11 miles south of Ada.

Here are the latest updates:

Pontotoc County Emergency Management reported widespread flash flooding on Friday afternoon. The agency said all county roads south of Ada were considered to be "impassable."

A 17-mile stretch of U.S. 377 in Pontotoc and Johnston counties was reported closed between Fittstown and State Highway 7 due to flooding.

"I had to drive 40 miles an hour all the way down here because the roads are so flooded," one motorist told us. "It's been years since I've seen it rain this much."

At least four motorists were rescued after their vehicles were stranded.

One portion of Pontotoc County had received 11.6 inches of precipitation by late afternoon.

At one home on the north side of Connerville in Johnston County, we observed the entire yard flooding as the water approached the residence. One resident told us this has happened before, but there's not a lot that can be done.

KTEN found two employees of the U.S. Geological Survey along the Blue River on State Highway 7 north of Tishomingo. They said the agency maintains monitoring stations across the region to measure water levels on creeks and rivers

As of this afternoon, the Blue was still in its banks, but with more rain in the forecast, the USGS remains vigilant.

"Whenever it gets flooding, we've got to let people know what's coming downstream for different purposes, close down roads, that kind of thing," Jason Lewis said.

The USGS uses small unmanned boats to help track the level and speed of the water.

Judy Yoesting was out delivering flowers to a church during the downpour. She said she wanted to go home after her mission, but the rain wouldn't let her.

"I live around a lake in Ada and it's flooded, and I can't get home," she said. "Hopefully this afternoon I can get home. We'll see."

At least four high school football games scheduled for Friday night were rescheduled because of weather.  Ada and Coweta will play Saturday at  2 p.m.; Cushing and Madill will kick off Saturday at 5 p.m.; Wewoka and Allen moved their game to Saturday at 7 p.m.; and Thackerville will take on Grandfield Monday at 7 p.m.

The Associated Press and KTEN's Lisanne Anderson and Jackson Boland in Pontotoc County and Walt Zwirko in Denison contributed to this report.

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