Homes in Twin Lakes falling into Cimarron River

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Our recent flooding rains have caused two homes to crash right into the Cimarron River.

It happened early Monday morning, as the river is still causing serious erosion along the banks, wreaking havoc on the Twin Lakes neighborhood near Crescent.

The Twin Lakes fire chief evacuated many of the homes Sunday night, but residents were back on Monday to see what the river would do next.

The river claimed 50 feet of river bank in 24 hours.

“We’re losing a lot of ground this time,” said Chief Mike Gilliam.

Twin Lakes is no stranger to erosion. More than a decade ago, they placed tires along the bank hoping to hold it up.

Most of them are now gone, washed away in a flood ten years ago.

“It’s crazy.  It hasn’t been up this high in 10 years,” said resident, Mackinzey Milligan.

So far, two houses have gone in and one other could go at any time.

A corner of one house has no ground underneath.

“You get the velocity of the water coming down and churning and it ends up just falling over into the river.  It takes anything that’s with it, telephone poles, houses,” said Chief Gilliam.

The all-volunteer fire department watched nervously as Monday afternoon’s storm approached and began dumping rain again.

Fortunately, it wasn’t too much. But they’re afraid this week’s rains will push the river up over the bank, flooding their lakes and the homes around them.

“I am so scared to death.  I’m scared of everybody losing everything they own,” said resident Deloris Smith.

For now, the river continues her slow chipping away as more and more of Twin Lakes becomes part of the river.

The fire chief says an engineering firm out of Houston came up with a plan that would stop the erosion of the banks.

But it will cost $700,000 and since they’re not a city, but a private organization, it’s tough to find those funds.

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