3 Green Country Counties To Receive Nearly $30M In Flood Relief

Wednesday, September 22nd 2021, 5:24 pm
By: Amelia Mugavero

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Three Green Country counties will get nearly $30 million from the federal government to help rebuild after the 2019 flood. That money is going to Tulsa, Muskogee, and Sequoyah County.

"It was like a war zone," said flood survivor Cindy Dunn. Dunn said her home was one of the many homes in Sand Springs damaged by the 2019 flood. Her neighborhood was under water.

"We had a lot of older people who could not rebuild, could not redo, even if they did have flood insurance, they sold, because its a heart wrenching thing when you house is destroyed," Dunn said. 

She said there are still homes abandoned and in need of repairs, like the house next door to her.

"The house is pretty much a shell right now, it's basically empty. You can see the back and what disarray it's in," Dunn told News on 6. 

Those homes could soon be repaired now that Oklahoma has received $29 million to help rebuild and relocate homes in Tulsa, Muskogee, and Sequoyah County.

"What these funds do is allow us to do assessments and determining remaining needs," said Muskogee County Commissioner Ken Doke.

He said the money comes from Housing and Urban Development and is something he fought for on Capitol Hill. HUD estimates there's still $24 million in housing repairs that need to be done in those three counties.

"So, we've been working on this for a really long time to try and get these funds down," Doke said. "And so now, to see the funds trickle in, to put them to work and really start making good things with it, that's the big payoff."  

Doke said the funds could also be used to buy homes that are in flood-prone areas.

Dunn said she hopes the money will help her town.

"When you have a catastrophe like that it's amazing, you see the heart of the community," Dunn said. 

Applications are open for any of the 14 counties affected by the 2019 flood. Those applications can be found HERE