By Bryan Painter
ENID— Relentless rains turned to horror.
People fled to attics and then cut holes to reach the roof. Currents of water stacked cars atop one another and boats navigated the streets in rescue efforts.
Nine people died.
This week marks the 39th anniversary of the most rainfall in one day in Oklahoma — 15.68 inches at Enid, said Gary McManus, assistant state climatologist for the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Some say 75 percent of the rain fell in about four hours.
It is referred to as the Oct. 11, 1973, Enid flood. The rain actually began the previous evening (Oct. 10) and continued into the dark, deadly morning hours.
That was the official reported rainfall, but unofficial amounts within the county approached 20 inches.