OKLA. CITY – Redell Jones’ home keeps flooding.
The main problem is the storm sewer line near northwest 36th and Francis recently collapsed following powerful May storms.
So every time there’s a big rain, the area floods creating big headaches and even more gray hairs for elderly neighbors.
“I’m too old,” Jones said. “I’m 76 years-old. I’m too old to deal with this.”
Jones, a cancer patient, is the sole caretaker for her disabled daughter, Vanessa.
Here’s the real scary part.
Vanessa has dementia and has been known to wander off by herself.
“If she were to leave at night and fall in that hole, she doesn’t know what she’s doing,” Jones said. She doesn’t know where she’s going. It would be awful.
Amparo Gonzalez is also terrified of hurting herself.
She already had one close call when she wrecked her car while trying to back out of her driveway.
“I got the fence and the pole,” Gonzalez said. “I heard the noise. It was real strong.”
These seniors are worried the city has forgotten about them.
Robin Gunn, editor of the Oklahoma Senior Journal heard about their plight and asked us to intervene.
She said, “It’s something that does not need to have a blind eye turned to or even put on the back-burner.”
City of Oklahoma City spokesperson, Shannon Cox, tells the “In Your Corner” team she sympathizes with homeowners and assures us her office is actively pursuing a permanent fix for the compromised sewer line.
“We’re going to upgrade that facility, make it larger, add some inlets and hopefully resolve the situation,” Cox said.
Meanwhile, neighbors are fearful of the next big rain.
Jones said, “All of this stuff is going to wash past 36th and half of it is going to go in my house.”
The city has put a rush on the project.
Engineers are expected to complete a design later this week, with work slated to begin in the coming weeks.
You can count on us to keep an eye on things.
We’ll keep you posted!