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Residents stranded after rains wash out bridge

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Several residents in southeast Oklahoma City are stranded in their neighborhood. That’s because the only bridge leading in and out of their neighborhood was washed away during thunderstorms Monday afternoon, near S.E. 125th St. and Dobbs.

Residents say culverts that were clogged with debris underneath the bridge caused a creek to flood, which loosened dirt and gravel surrounding the bridge, causing it to collapse.

Many of the residents are on fixed incomes.

They’re now relying on volunteer contractors to build a new bridge because state law prohibits city or county officials from repairing a private road.

They say the bridge can’t be repaired fast enough.

“If we were to have a fire, there’s approximately 18 homes and there’s no access,” Steve Morris said, the interim VP of the South Road Homeowner’s Association.

“We just may have to literally call our neighbors and say, ‘Do you have a car? Can you get me to my doctor, the drugstore or grocery store,'” stranded resident Brenda Rickman said.

Contractors say they’re trying to build a stronger bridge foundation to prevent this from happening again.

Officials say the residents could petition Oklahoma City to maintain that road but the homeowners would still have to pay for that service.

The volunteer contractors say they hope to have the new bridge completed within two days.