Homeowners Gather To Discuss Flooding

Tuesday, April 22nd 2008, 11:26 pm
By: News On 6

After the flooding in Broken Arrow at the end of last month, some homeowners decided they wanted something done.  They got together on Tuesday night. The News On 6's Emory Bryan homeowners say the problem isn't new, but it is getting worse.

They blame new development upstream for flooding older homes downstream.  A church sanctuary was barely big enough for a meeting on flood problems in and around Broken Arrow.

All the people who attended are homeowners who want more done to prevent flooding in their neighborhoods.

Gary Richardson has lived just over the Wagoner County line for years.  His neighborhood has flooded several times, but three weeks ago, it got into his house for the first time.

The problem in his neighborhood is school creek, which can swell and flood dozens of homes.

And, there are other creeks that cross the neighborhoods, and for the first time, the residents are united in wanting a comprehensive solution.  Local officials are talking about it, too.

Broken Arrow is planning a couple of new retention ponds and a new effort to clean out creeks within the city limits.

Wagoner County has pledged to do more as well in clearing limbs out of creeks.

But all agree it's going to take a broader effort, a bigger solution and that takes a lot of money.