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Flooding leaves Oklahoma River Trails ‘almost impassable’

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OKLAHOMA CITY–Cyclists and runners are urged to take extra caution near the Oklahoma River trails, as well as other multi-purpose trails in the City.

Several portions of the Oklahoma River Trails are covered in mud and debris due to the flooding from May 6-10, with rain totals of more than eight inches in some parts of the city.

Officials estimate the four-day storm event caused the Oklahoma River to rise more than three feet over its normal depth.

“Right now we are seeing a great deal of sand, silt and tree branches, as is typical during a flood,” said Douglas R. Kupper, Parks & Recreation director.

According to staff reports, the trails are covered with more than an inch of mud in some areas, leaving them almost impassable.

The Parks & Recreation Department has sent crews to clear the trails, but with the amount of debris, and more rain on the way, the project may take weeks.

“Our first priority is always citizen safety,” Kupper said. “We understand people are anxious to get back on the trails, but we would urge them to be very careful and turn around if they are not comfortable going through certain areas. We also ask for patience as our crews work to remove the mud and debris.”

Trail users may report problem areas by calling the City’s Action Center at 405-297-2535 or emailing at action.center@okc.gov.