Sand Springs Flood Victims Find No Easy Answers At Public Meeting

Thursday, June 20th 2019, 7:34 pm
By: Justin Shrair

After flooding devastated much of Oklahoma, the long process of rebuilding continues in the hard hit Town and County neighborhood near the Sand Springs area.

District 2 County Commissioner Karen Keith led a meeting as area residents received letters detailing how they can go about rebuilding.

It was a packed house at a church in the Sand Springs area as people who live in the Town and County neighborhood learned what's needed to rebuild.

"A little overwhelming. I mean we kind of thought we were good. We had the least water out of everybody I talked to, and so I just didn't think we were going to have this problem," said Pam Shipley who lives in the Town and Country Neighborhood.

Pam Shipley said she and her husband only had about ten and a half inches of water in their home but now face having to make substantial repairs.

"They are saying that we are going to have to raise our house by two feet above the flood plain. I don't know how we are going to do that," said Shipley.

Shipley said the good news is she and her husband have insurance. The bad news is that everything in their garage will now not be covered.

District 2 County Commissioner Karen Keith said while they can help people rebuild the reality is there's not a good outcome for anyone.

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"I mean, I think all of us can just put ourselves in their shoes and just how devastating it is," said District 2 County Commissioner Karen Keith.

Some people don't have flood insurance and are unsure where they'll find the money to rebuild.

But if there's any silver lining, it's that Oklahomans always help one another, as the long road of rebuilding lies ahead.

"We just want to do everything that we can to help them," said Keith.

"Everybody has gotten to know each other, and everybody's helping each other," said Shipley.

It's important to remind people that FEMA is set up at the Case Community Center seven days a week to provide resources and experts to answer questions.


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