Dirty Creek Flooding Parts Of Webbers Falls

Thursday, March 20th 2008, 6:38 pm
By: News On 6

Flooding was still causing trouble in parts of Muskogee County on Thursday evening.  The News On 6's Chris Wright reports Dirty Creek near Webbers Falls has spilled over its banks.

People say this week has brought the worst flooding they've seen in Webbers Falls in years.  No major damage has been reported, but the water is causing some big problems for the small town.

The water has been rising all week on Lydia Love's property, but it stopped just short of her tractor.  She says nearby Dirty Creek is prone to flooding, but never quite like this.

"This is as bad as it's been since we've been here.  And, it just keeps getting higher," said Lydia Love of Webbers Falls.

Heavy rains forced the creek over its banks earlier this week.  While floodwaters have receded in other parts of Muskogee County, they are still covering some roads in Webbers Falls.  Police say one woman had to be rescued Thursday morning when she drove her truck into high water.

The flooding is affecting mostly low-lying farmland around Webbers Falls. But, it is making some roads impassable for the time being.

It's also creating a hassle for those used to a simple commute.

Postal worker Tina Keys says her normal route to work was cut off, forcing her to go well out of her way.

"I had to go to Porum and Warner and come up I-40, 34 miles to get to work this morning," said Tina Keys of Webbers Falls.

Lydia Love claims that Dirty Creek is now 40 feet deep on parts of her property, and is submerging entire trees.  While she admits that all the extra water is scenic, she looks forward to seeing it recede.

"No, we don't need a lake.  Sometimes we have a lake though.  We just learn to live with it since we've been here," said Lydia Love of Webbers Falls.

Authorities say it may be another five to six days before Dirty Creek completely recedes.

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