City Estimates Nearly $8 Million Needed To Repair Tulsa River Parks After Flooding

Thursday, July 18th 2019, 7:48 am
By: News On 6

The Tulsa River Parks Authority met Thursday morning to discuss several topics including flood damage along the Arkansas River. 

The board of trustees discussed work already done, FEMA requirements and plans for future repairs. 

Engineers estimate it will cost nearly $8 million to fix the damage caused by flooding. The River Parks Authority has submitted its application to FEMA and will now wait to hear what projects will be approved.

One of the biggest repairs will be the river bank after several areas washed away into the river.

"It's really a team effort," said Matt Meyer, River Parks Authority. "It's long term; I mean this is a marathon not a sprint. As our water levels recede we will probably see some other damage."

Once the projects are approved, FEMA will cover 75 percent of the cost, and the state will cover 12.5 percent.

Phillips 66 is also requesting to install a petroleum pipeline under 300 feet of property owned by River Parks. The pipeline would be below the Keystone Dam, between the river and Highway 51. 

There was also discussion about a plan for a Wild Turkey bi-annual fundraising event at Turkey Mountain. The event would be October 3rd of 2019, and they will also recommend two thirds of the proceeds going to flood damage and park improvements.