OK Researchers Asking For Personal Stories Of 1984 Flood - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com |

News

OK Researchers Asking For Personal Stories Of 1984 Flood

Posted: Updated:
The Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma already has a lot of information about the flood, but most come from the government - congress, and the city. The Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma already has a lot of information about the flood, but most come from the government - congress, and the city.
They hope to find personal stories to build a comprehensive and online archive of a story that's fading away. They hope to find personal stories to build a comprehensive and online archive of a story that's fading away.
Dr. Nathan Gerth and his colleagues believe the Mingo Creek Flood was transformational for Tulsa. Dr. Nathan Gerth and his colleagues believe the Mingo Creek Flood was transformational for Tulsa.
TULSA, Oklahoma -

There's a new effort to save artifacts from Tulsa's 1984 flood, and it's not just for academic reasons, researchers hope it's a reminder of the continuing risk.

The archives at OU already have thousands of pieces of information about the flood - some of it available for viewing here at the library - but they're hoping to fill out the story through people who remember.

The Carl Albert Center at the University of Oklahoma already has a lot of information about the flood, but most come from the government - congress, and the city.

Now, they hope to find personal stories to build a comprehensive and online archive of a story that's fading away.

11/16/2016 Related Story: 1984 Mingo Creek Flood Survivors Asked To Help Preserve History

"People forget, people pass on, and this is an opportunity to bring those personal aspects to the story and preserve them long term," said Nathan Gerth with the OU Carl Albert Center.

Dr. Gerth and his colleagues believe the Mingo Creek Flood was transformational for Tulsa.

The toll - 14 people dead and $80 million-plus in damage - led to an urgent $500 million flood control project that continues to this day.

Right now, 2,000 homes remain in the flood plain.

Bill Robison is a floodplain manager with the City of Tulsa, and in 1984 he was a flood victim.

"I had a mobile home, I had five feet of water in my home when I got home. Fortunately, I was out of town when it happened. But I came home to find my wife’s car under the mobile home," Robison said.

His story is now part of the archive, and his passion is making sure people are ready when flooding comes again.

"People have just forgotten, we do have a flood risk," he said.

Robison said while Mingo Creek is no longer at risk for this kind of flooding, thousands of homes are in a flood plain. He's hoping that preserving the story will remind people to get ready.

You can find more of the online archives here. And, if you'd like to tell your story, you can contact Dr. Gerth at ngerth@ou.edu or call 405-325-5835.

Special Features

Live Traffic

Get the latest road conditions on Green Country roadways.

iPhone App

Get breaking news, weather, sports & video directly on your iPhone.

CBS Shows

Watch your favorite CBS shows for free online.

Links

Looking for a website or event you heard mentioned on News On 6? Find it here!

TV Schedule

Need to know what's on TV? Check out our television schedule.

Live Radar

WARN Interactive

Special Coverage

  • Bridge Tracker

    How safe are Oklahoma's bridges? Use Bridge Tracker to find out now.

  • Fallen Heroes

    News On 6 honors our fallen Oklahoma heroes. View our interactive timeline.

  • Murrah Bombing Timeline

    Learn more about the events leading up to and following the bombing.

  • Storm Zone

    Watch tornadoes tear across Oklahoma and learn how to stay safe!

Powered by Frankly
News On 6
303 N. Boston Ave.
Tulsa, OK 74103
Newson6.com is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state.
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 KOTV. Oklahoma Traveler™ is a registered trademark of Griffin Communications. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.