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Lynn McKell has lived in this neighborhood for 30 years. And he's gotten to know the split-personality of old Fred Creek pretty well.

Lynn McKell, 30 year resident: "We have he's been very friendly the kids have gone down there to fish sometime and he's been raging with it up to the middle of 77th street here."

Years of high waters have unearthed this sewer line and widened the banks of Fred Creek near the Evanston Bridge. All it takes is a good heavy rain to flood the road and nearby homes.

Lynn McKell, 30 year resident: "If it gets up on the road then yeah it gets pretty dangerous. We've had cars get down there and stall out. And have someone come in with a 4-wheel and pull em back out and wait for the water to go down."

Proposition three on flood prevention could help get Fred Creek under control. About half of the 33 million dollar bond package would pay for improvements that could keep the water out of these homes.

Paul Zachary, Tulsa Public Works: "And there's one bridge in there that we'll be taking out. And its going to lower the water by about four feet and get it out of about 8 homes."

Even some local college students are getting into the campaign to fix the creek. Oral Roberts University students also know the wrath of Fred creek's high waters.

John Anthony, ORU Junior: Flooded actually half of our class building to where one whole floor which was below ground level was actually underneath water. It cost several million dollars worth of damage. So that's why we need to get it fixed so it doesn't happen again."

The folks who live around here say you can help wash away their problems with a yes vote on April 5th.
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