Delaware, Mayes Counties Brace For More Flooding Issues

Monday, May 1st 2017, 11:09 pm
By: News On 6

Even though the rains have let up, water is still working its way into rivers and lakes, causing major flooding issues for people who live along them.

Rivers and creeks in Delaware and Mayes counties are seeing a rush of water. Some bridges are still flooded - others will remain closed for some time as people who live there brace for what's next.

The water levels at Eucha Lake continue to be controlled by the upper Spavinaw Dam - water is rushing as water drains out of Eucha Lake.

Further downstream, the extra water is creeping into yards and has forced people at a mobile home park in Strang to find other places to stay.

Linda Garrett has owned Horseshoe Inn and Camp for 15 years.

"They had said it never flooded when I bought this," she said. "This was kind of my retirement dream. I love to entertain. I love to have guests."

Her property sits on the west side of Hudson; she was forced to ask guests to leave when the water started rising.

"They didn't want to go. They could not believe the water could be up this high," Garrett said.

Three cabins are flooded, a kitchen is under water, and a 10-foot in-ground pool is submerged.

Garrett said, "We've got 10 RV spots out there with the electrical boxes all underwater."

They even had to wake a guest up in the middle of the night as the lake rose.

"Before 11 that night we had to go wake him up, get everything moved. We put him in the inn," she said.

Since then, they've turned away guests and moved as much furniture as they can to higher ground.

"We filled up two garages across the street with all the furniture from our three cabins," Garrett said.

Now, they’re worried they won’t have the place ready for Rocklahoma in about a month.

"I'm thinking we're going to work real hard real fast to be open for Memorial Day weekend," she said.

Thankfully, we haven't come across anyone who was hurt or needed rescue because of the flood waters, but people who live on the water are still waiting to see just how high it will go.