OKLAHOMA CITY– Police are asking families living in a flood plain to evacuate their homes in south Oklahoma City.
High water in the south Canadian River is causing an embankment to erode rapidly inching closer to a dam with a man-made lake on the other side.
If the embankment breaks, it could cause major flooding for residents, some people already being forced to move.
“It’s just bad,” said Toby Bogart.
Piece by piece, land near Southwest 149th and MacArthur is chipping away, falling into the already full Canadian River.
“I was scared about the tornadoes, but this water. You can hide from the tornadoes, this water you can’t hide from,” said Bogart.
The Bogarts are being forced to leave their property, already having lost 100 acres, their barn, and this tree dangling over the edge.
“No farming can be done; all of our crops are gone. We’ve lost cows, we’ve lost pretty much- it’s just slowly but surely going in,” said Bogart.
On the other side of this embankment is General Material’s sand pit lake.
Police want to warn folks if this man-made dam breaks, residents on the other side will be in danger.
“There’s the potential that if it continues at its rate that it could break, then wash into a flood plain in this area,” Officer Travis Vernier explains.
They are asking people to leave their homes until the waters calm down and the rain stops.
Some Oklahomans are worried about their neighbors in the low lying areas.
“They’ve had anywhere from 3-6 feet of water in their buildings or houses,” said Tim Verstraete.
Unfortunately for the Bogarts, their time to leave is now, saying goodbye to their property.
“I hate to see the tree go. I wanted to put a bench out there, have a kid or two, put a swing out there, it was just the perfect place,” said Jaycee Bogart.
They are trying to keep their spirits high.
“You have to be positive about it to get stuff done,” said Bogart.
The Bogarts do not have insurance and need help physically and financially.
Their family has set up a Go Fund Me page, http://www.gofundme.com/vb3vff4?fb_action_ids=478669095631913&fb_action_types=og.shares
Police said 10 to 15 houses are on the evacuation list and emergency responders are monitoring the developing conditions for residents.