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OKLAHOMA CITY - Our state has been dealing with heavy rains since May.

While it has helped fill our lakes and rivers, all that flood water has also left plenty of damage in its wake.

The amount of rain we've had in our state is unprecedented.

Now, officials are working to keep drivers safe on the road using an interactive map on the Oklahoma Department of Transportation's website.

It can pinpoint flooding and roads that are impassable.

“We do know we have four active landslides and a couple of rock slides going on in the state, those are causing us problems. We have a lot of bridge issues with wash outs as you approach the bridges,” said Paul Green, transportation director with ODOT.

Green says he`s never seen this type of impact on a transportation system in his 32 years working with the state.

He says it's going to take time to get a handle on just what's needed to fix the roads.

“For instance, State Highway 78 we had the washout there just before the bridge. The current right before the bridge is very swift.  We can`t put a diver down there to check the foundation, so even if we fix the hole, we can't because we need to check the piers,” he said.

From Kiowa County to Johnston County, there doesn't seem to be a part of the state that was left untouched.

The state approved emergency funds to tackle five big projects earlier this month, including the rock slide in the Arbuckles.

Crews are going to use dynamite to blast away loose pieces of rock that still remain.

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