Neighborhood Braces For Possible Flooding

Tuesday, April 8th 2008, 4:55 pm
By: News On 6

Much of Green Country had a long night as powerful storms swept across the area. From cleaning up wind damage to the possibility of flooding, the bumpy ride is having an impact on a number of people across the area. News On 6 Anchor Craig Day reports people in one Sand Springs neighborhood are watching the water rise.

When the water started rising in the Meadow Valley neighborhood in Sand Springs, Carl and Lou Lane didn't want to take any chances. The 81-year-old couple has been through this before, evacuating by boat two times before. They don't want to wait too long this time.

"Hopefully it doesn't flood. Prayerfully it doesn't. We've got the prayer chain called and I expect the Lord to stop it just like he stopped the river," said Lou Lane, Sand Springs Resident.

Emergency management workers sounded a flood warning in the neighborhood. Although a mandatory evacuation wasn't needed, they urged residents to keep a watchful eye on any rising water.

"Get your cars on higher ground and pay attention to the news people and city people. We're here to help and that's what we want to do. We just want to keep these people's property safe," said Greg Fisher, Emergency Management Director.

There are actually two creeks that cause flooding in that Sand Springs neighborhood. One is Anderson Creek. It merges with another creek called Fisher Creek. When you get so much rain in such a short amount of time, the water has nowhere else to go.

Anderson Creek crested early in the morning and nearby Fisher Creek got to more than 12 feet. The water receded quickly, but emergency crews are worried that more rain in the forecast later in the week could cause the creeks to rise again.

Police and firefighters plan to go door to door to warn Meadow Valley residents if that happens.

The Meadow Valley neighborhood has flooded before. About 30 homes in the neighborhood have been bought out through a FEMA flood mitigation program.

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