SE Oklahoma City residents wondering who is responsible for damage from broken dam

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OKLAHOMA CITY  - It was a thin stream Monday morning, but it was a gushing mess Sunday after noon.

"It was a huge pond with a large amount of water, and you can see behind me that it`s flowing quite rapidly two hours into this pond dam breaking," Lieutenant Alan Burgett  with the Oklahoma City Police Department said.

A pond dam broke at a private residence and flooded property in the area.

Several blocks worth of homes between Southeast 74th and Southeast 104th off Choctaw Road were in its path.

“Right now there's a lot of property damage as far as some fencing being down, We've had a few cattle running loose,” Lt. Burgett said.

The water has since receded, but you can see a little of damage to a fence and part of the road washed away.

Some residents are wondering who will pay for the damage.

Because Mother Nature contributed to the dam breaking, Attorney Garvin Isaacs said it's not the owner of the dam who will have to pay.

"Here we've got floods, unprecedented floods that in the lot is an act of God which is an intervening cause,” Isaacs said.

And it's something the city won't have to pay for either. Since it's on private property - the responsibility is up to neighbors.

Issacs said those with property damage are going to have to call their insurance company, or go to court.

"They should get a report of a loss to the insurance company and see what happens and if there another problem contact their legal counsel and see whether or not this is a viable case," Isaacs said.

If neighbors can prove the pond owner didn't maintain it properly, that owner could have to pay, but it would have to be taken up in court.

Neighbors say the area is notorious for flooding, but it's never been this bad.

 

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