Concerns change as Twin Lakes home hangs over the edge

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TWIN LAKES, Okla. -- The Cimarron River continues to close in on the banks of a small Oklahoma community.

The Twin Lakes community is in Logan County, near the town of Crescent.

For years, the community has watched as the banks of the river have slowly inched closer, but recent rains have caused the erosion to speed up.

In recent days, the river has engulfed trees and cabins along the river banks.

Another home is currently in jeopardy, a portion of it hanging over the edge.

About a block away, a small road is eroding. The fire chief says days ago the road went over a small hill. That hill is now gone, sucked up by the river.

Robert Hand, who lives in Twin Lakes, said, “It's scary in a way. You don't want your house and possessions to just disappear in the river.”

Mike Gilliam, Twin Lakes fire chief, said, “Every time this happens, you forget until you think, 'Oh there was a house or a tree or a telephone pole some sort of marker and that's gone.'”

They estimate at least 65 feet of shore line has disappeared so far.

While the river level has dropped at least four feet since Monday, there is still concern about one home falling in.

But an even bigger concern is if more heavy rain comes the water will top the banks, allowing water to flow from the river into the small lakes the community is built around.

Gilliam said, “The feeling is that it (a small road) will now be a river which will flow down and eventually cut this east side off and it will eventually be an island.”

They say if that happens the water could potentially take out numerous other homes. It's a worst case scenario officials have warned residents of so they can prepare.

With one of the homes closest to the bank, Robert Hand is worried about the future. However, his concern this year has diminished.

Hand said, “I'm concerned, but I don't think it's actually going to get into my property line.”

In the meantime, electric crews are moving power lines back from the bank and officials are keeping people away from the edge. They are also hoping for no more heavy rainfall.

The home currently in jeopardy of falling into the river has been vacant for a while.

We’re told the owner was working to fix it up.

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