More Than 60 Homes Damaged in Oklahoma Flooding

April 9, 2008

Two city bridges remain closed and dozens of homes are in need of repair after torrential rain caused flooding in Coweta, Oklahoma.

Tom Tillotson, the city’s emergency management director, said it was the worst flooding he’s seen in his 30 years as a Coweta resident.

The flooding accompanied a March 31 storm system that dumped more than 7 inches of rain in a 90-minute period.

Tillotson said engineers estimate the infrastructure damage at $306,000. Officials are awaiting word from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on whether the city will receive federal aid for recovery. A total of 63 homes had some flood damage.

“Most had just a few inches or less, but a few homes had up to 4 feet of water,” he said.

No injuries were reported, but firefighters and police officers were involved in several high-water rescues.

The Tulsa Area Chapter of the American Red Cross assisted 28 adults and 16 children affected by the floods, providing assistance with housing, minor home repair and food.

Source: Tulsa World.

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