More Than 6,000 Homes, Businesses Damaged


Monday, July 16th 2007, 1:05 pm
By: News On 6


COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) -- Montgomery County is tallying damages from the flood that hit Coffeyville more than two weeks ago. Officials say 6,300 homes and 123 businesses in the county were damaged or destroyed. And 150 miles of paved road and 400 miles of gravel roads were damaged. FEMA has registered 1,100 people for aid.

The flood damage was made worse by a 71,000-gallon oil spill from a refinery in Coffeyville. A mixture of dirty water, debris and crude oil has left a mess that's hard to imagine.

Residents of Coffeyville whose homes were most severely damaged were allowed last Friday to return for the first time since the Virdigris River flooded two weeks ago.

For more flood related information, visit the STORM ZONE at KOTV.com