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Crews working to repair, replace roads damaged by torrential rains

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Crews are working around the clock to repair and replace roads damaged by May’s torrential rains.

At one point, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation says they had 40 highway closures due to flooding.

“We had so much rain in May that we still have highways with water on them and bridges underwater,” said Cody Boyde, Oklahoma Department of Transportation Spokesperson.

They are working as fast as they can to make Oklahoma roads safe again, but with more rain on the radar, that is going to create some challenges.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation says it could cost tens of millions of dollars to fix these roads.

However, ODOT is confident they will receive federal reimbursement for these unexpected costs.

“There’s federal funds for highways that are specific to emergency relief and repairs,” said Boyde.

Since so many roads were damaged, it could take crews a while to get them all fixed.

“We know for a fact we’re going to have a lot of paving problems into the summer. As a result of this, a lot of pot holes, so be patient with us as we try to catch up,” said Boyde.

ODOT recommends drivers plan ahead of they are traveling in affected areas and to heed warning signs set up for closed roads.

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