Glenpool Businesses Begin Cleanup After Floodwaters Rush Inside

Sunday, May 24th 2015, 11:27 pm
By: News On 6

Muddy waters shut down several Glenpool businesses following a night of flash flooding. The water has gone down since, but the cleanup for many people is far from over.

There still are a few signs of the flooding outside, but inside, there's still quite a bit.

Even though the floodwaters damaged the floor and furniture, many are thankful because it could have been worse.

"I think you just have to look at the whole picture and see what's trash and start there and start the clean up."

Robyn Oviedo owns "We Loan Now." When heavy rains spilled from the creek and into the shopping center, she was safe and dry at home. When she got up to check things out, she knew it was going to be a long day.

“Saw everybody unloading stuff out of their offices, so I came down looked through my door and sure enough we were flooded."

The water came up about 6 to 12 inches, shorting out computers, televisions and damaging enough items to fill up a truck bed. And with water soaked in the walls, there's more work to be done.

"We have a whole lot to do obviously," Oviedo said.

Melissa Plummer and her family next door at Shorty's Barber Shop have a lot of work to do, too.

“Mud, just my white floor was brown and it was just water everywhere; it was crazy," she said.

She got a call around 3 a.m. letting her know her shop had been flooded. After about a half a day's of work with help from family and volunteers, she's made a lot of progress, but not enough.

“I'm trying to pull the rubber baseboards up because they are just saturated in water and they are gonna bubble up if we don't take care of that,” Plummer said.

She and Oviedo are thankful no one was hurt.

The plan now is to clean up and figure out how soon they'll be able to reopen.