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Clean-Up Continues Six Months After Floods

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Progress over the past six months in flood-ravaged Coffeyville has been slow, but one family is determined to make a fresh start. Progress over the past six months in flood-ravaged Coffeyville has been slow, but one family is determined to make a fresh start.
Jean's sister Jan Grigsby used to live across the street.  Still, determined to rebuild, she bought the lot next door, and recently installed a modular home.  She hopes to move in this week. Jean's sister Jan Grigsby used to live across the street. Still, determined to rebuild, she bought the lot next door, and recently installed a modular home. She hopes to move in this week.
Standing in stark contrast is Jean King's home.  Heavily damaged in the flood, it was remodeled, and Jean moved back in recently. Standing in stark contrast is Jean King's home. Heavily damaged in the flood, it was remodeled, and Jean moved back in recently.

Mother Nature dealt Oklahoma several devastating blows in 2007.  Now, we're starting a New Year, still picking up from the last one.  Oklahoma set a record in 2007 for the most presidential disaster declarations with eight of them.  While many in Green Country are dealing with debris from the recent ice storm others are still struggling from last summer's floods.  News On 6 reporter Chris Wright went to Coffeyville to see how the cleanup is coming along.

Progress over the past six months in flood-ravaged Coffeyville has been slow, but one family is determined to make a fresh start.

It's a common scene in many Green Country homes, a family spending Sunday afternoon together, but it's a rarity in East Coffeyville.  Six months ago floodwater filled with spilled crude oil forced more than 2,000 people from their homes.

Standing in stark contrast is Jean King's home.  Heavily damaged in the flood, it was remodeled, and Jean moved back in recently.

"So when I got back in the home in November, it was a lot better, a lot easier on us," said King.

Jean's sister Jan Grigsby used to live across the street.  Still, determined to rebuild, she bought the lot next door, and recently installed a modular home.  She hopes to move in this week.

"It's a nice area of town.  They're doing a great job to clean it up, I think it's going to be prettier than any place in Coffeyville," said Jan Grigsby.

The only thing missing now for the sisters are some neighbors.  For now, they remain the only people who have moved back to the block.
 
"I hope this gives everyone hope that they can move back in here," said King.

While the pair looks forward to living out their years together, they admit that things are far from perfect in East Coffeyville.  They tell us that despite the best efforts of police, looters have remained a problem in the area, but the two say they can look after themselves.

"We told them to let the word out that the sisters are going to be packin'," said Grigsby.

Jan and Jean have another sister, Linda, who also lived across the street until the flood.  She has relocated to the other side of town, but visits often.

Coffeyville did recently receive some help from the federal government.  The town was given more than $10 million to build new, affordable housing.

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