OKLAHOMA CITY — One metro homeowner has had it with the flood waters that continue to overwhelm her yard. She says every time it rains it looks like you’re standing in the middle of the Oklahoma River.
In just six years Sherry Davis’ back yard has been filled with water seven times with the worst of it this year. Friday morning, Davis watched from her back window as the water rushed towards her for the fourth time this year, bringing some interesting things with it.
“I’ve had an icebox in my yard,” says Davis. “The last time there was a telephone pole sitting on my charcoaler just like I had laid it up there like a utensil.”
The water only stays for a short amount of time but basically ruins her backyard.
Davis says, “The one on the 31st; it stayed up for about two and a half hours.”
She considers herself lucky this time. The water was gone by 6:00 am.
“All I did was just sit in my house and pray that the rain was going to stop,” says Davis.
Sherry Davis grew up in this house. She moved back in after her mom passed away but was hesitant. She knew the area had a history of extreme flooding, but says she didn’t know it would be this bad.
“It’s been four times this year,” says Davis. “May 20th, May 31st, it flooded a little bit again on June 5th through here and then this one.”
She considers Friday morning a light flood compared to what she’s used to.
“The way I see it just came up to about right here,” says Davis. “Now on the 31st the water was up to this table line.”
She’s at a point where she doesn’t even know if picking up the pieces of her back yard is even worth it.
Davis says, “That’s what I just told my neighbor, I don’t even want to clean up this time it’s just going to happen again!”
She says even her dog is sick and tired of having to worry every time it rains.
“He was up chest high. He’s a boxer,” says Davis. “He was up chest high in water in his crate in the garage.”
Davis says she’d love for the problem to be solved and for her home to never flood again, but if not, just help with her constant clean up would make a difference.
“I’m a widow,” says Davis. “It’s kind of hard for me to do all of this by myself.”
She’s called Oklahoma City Public Works many times over the years to hear their plans. She says she’s not asking for much.
“I just feel like the city needs to do something with this problem,” says Davis. “Clean-up and maybe even supply me some sand bags to keep the water out you know!”
Oklahoma City Public Works says they have engineers out with street crews addressing the neighborhood’s immediate needs but aren’t sure about any long term plans.