Flooding leaves gaping holes in the dam and roads in Cleveland County

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LITTLE AXE, Okla. - Parts of Cleveland County are dealing with damage left behind by the weekend floods.

In Little Axe, there is a hole in a dam, as well as big holes in roads that are complicating life for residents.

Beyond the road closed signs, roads that are completely washed out are causing hazards for folks in the area.

"Just take it as it is," said Dan Rakestraw, a Little Axe resident.

The power of water can be destructive.

"The water that has come over the roadway has actually washed out my drive right here. I'll deal with it when I wait for the weather to stop," said Rakestraw.

Residents were forced to park their cars off their driveways, for fear of the roads buckling.

"If the road collapses, I'm not going to get caught on this other side, I want to get out," said Rakestraw.

There are massive holes in the roadways, like on Rock Creek Rd., just north of the Little Axe School District.

At Reynolds Lake, you can see a gaping hole in the dam with water rushing out.

"Rain so hard and so much, it just come down this place, had no other place to go," said Doyle Bruesch.

The constant heavy rain has left holes in Breusch's driveway.

He said he plans to get some dirt and fill it in, but fears the rain will just wash it out again.

"Just got to let it rain, I guess. Ain't nothing much you can do about it," said Bruesch.

Trying to look on the bright side of things, residents said it could've been worse.

"I'm feeling grateful that, hey, at least I still have a house and a place to live, some people don't have that," said Rakestraw.

NewsChannel 4 talked with Cleveland County Commissioner Darry Stacy who said their street crews have been working day and night to drive the roads, trying to backfill roads with dirt and gravel to save them from any upcoming weather.

They’re also prioritizing roads based on how bad they are, so they can get them fixed and back open for drivers.



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