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Storm water damaging land, buildings and bridges

The impact of last Friday’s destructive storm as well as this week’s heavy rainfall is affecting people, land and structures throughout the metro.

That includes dozens of bridges that are now damaged, some even collapsed.

River levels have reached record highs, including powerful waters at the North Canadian River.

The bridge at North Dobbs between Britton and E. Hefner is gone.

The water was estimated at 15 feet tall and literally wiped out the entire bridge and officials are still looking for the missing pieces.

“Confused by it,” Reed said.

Jean Reed lives just down the way from the broken bridge and said she underestimated the strength of the water.

“It’s never been higher than 2 or 3 feet and I couldn’t visualize how water would sweep that bridge out,” Reed said.

“It’s not just the height of waters that we’ve seen that’s been so troubling, it’s the rapids that come at such a rapid rate that they’re dissipating, just ripping things apart,” County Commissioner Brian Maughn said.

Unfortunately, the violent waters at this crick, took the life of James Talbert, who happened to be crossing the bridge when it came crashing down.

Reed said while she didn’t know the victim, the power of Mother Nature has opened her eyes to the value of life.

“It also gives you a good perspective of saying hey, live your life every day because you do not know,” Reed said.

James Talbert’s funeral was Friday; he was buried at Sunny Lane Cemetery in Del City.

Officials are looking into damage assessments and hope to start replacing and repairing damaged roads and bridges as soon as possible.