Bixby Neighbors Hope To Avoid More Flooding


Monday, May 25th 2015, 9:48 pm
By: News On 6


Just as flood waters start to go down, Bixby residents could see them rise yet again, but community members hope to make it through this round of rain with no additional flooding.

Sunday there were huge fields filled with water and Monday water lines on houses marked how high the water rose.

Ellen Waldron lives in one Bixby neighborhood and said it's not uncommon to see high water, but this time the high water came way too fast.

"There's not much you can do about it, you just face it and take care of it," she said.

Waldron left footprints in the mud as she walked through the damage caused by flash flooding.

Monday, in every room, there was a water line about three feet up, and everything was still wet.

“The blankets are wet, everything is wet," Waldron said.

It's not the first time she's walked through something like this. Her house has flooded several times before but usually the water comes in gradually, and most times sand bags help out, but not this time.

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"The water was rushing in so fast that it was less than ten minutes before water was in the house and all over the land here," she said.

In a mad rush, Waldron's family worked to save heirlooms while she saved the priceless items made by her late husband and his military burial flag.

Another area resident, Woody Smith also made it through the flooding.

"I'm very lucky because nothing got in the house. We still have a long way to go before it gets in the house," he said.

Standing on the porch of his mobile home, it looks like Smith's in a boat house, but there's still grass and streets under all the water.

“At the height of it, it was where that little fish pond is, it was just covering that so it's gone down considerably," he said.

Smith said there's concern additional rain this week could send water into his home, but if the water continues to go down, he said things should be fine.

While he is still just watching the water, back at the Waldron house, there are busy days ahead.

"That's a mess, I'll have to rewash all that stuff too won't I," Ellen Waldron said.

Police said people working on their property or working outdoors should be on the lookout for snakes washed out in the floods.