Familiar Clean-Up Happening In BA

Friday, April 11th 2008, 9:56 pm
By: News On 6

Residents are cleaning up in one Broken Arrow neighborhood that has a chronic flooding problem.  The News On 6's Steve Berg reports the Covington neighborhood flooded two years ago during heavy rains.  And so it has again, this time even worse.

Restoration crews were deployed like a small army on one block, a different company's van in half-a-dozen different driveways. 

This is not Roger Fisher's first trip to the block.  In fact, it's not even his first trip to one particular house.

"We're out here two years ago for the same problem of rising water coming into it," said Roger Fisher with PCC Cleaning & Restoration.

Ten inches of water, he says, to be exact.  Drywall looks like it's been surgically removed.  In a sense, they'll almost be rebuilding the lower half of the house.

"Anything that's wet, we have to take it from four feet down, out of the house to make sure it's a safe environment," said Fisher.

Covington Creek behind the house runs over a sewer cleanout. There are also septic tanks in the area.  So Fisher says the water that flowed in could be a health hazard.  So everything, including the cabinets that the water touched has to be removed.

"On something like this, it could go anywhere from 40 to 60 to $80,000," said Fisher.

Neighbors say something needs to be done because they say it's prone to flooding.

"At this point, it sure looks like it.  This is the 2nd round in two years," said Fisher.

Work was done on detention ponds in a flood-prone neighborhood further north in Broken Arrow.  But a resident who did not wish to be identified tells The News On 6 that nothing has been done in the Covington Estates neighborhood.

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