Oklahoma City residents’ fears of flooding grow every time it rains

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Some folks in southeast Oklahoma City are left cleaning up a big mess after Monday night’s storms.

Residents living near a creek on the border of Oklahoma City and Del City are fed up.

They claim the drainage ditch near S.E. 44th St. and Bryant overflows every time it rains, sending water into their streets and homes.

“You can see the wetness on the carpet,” said Carla Lee, a resident affected by the flooding.

Lee said this is the fifth time her home has been invaded by flood water.

“You can see the water line, so it’s about five to six inches of water in the garage, but you can see it’s receded,” said Lee.

Once the sun came up, residents got a look at the debris left behind and a line of dirt that showed just how high the water actually got during the downpour.

Residents said storm drains in their neighborhood are also clogged up, causing their cul-de-sac to flood.

“My grandma is overly stressed about it,” said Christina Smith.

Smith said the flooding is too much and wishes the city would come out and take a look at what’s causing the problem.

“The creek just gets backed up, and water just builds up here,” said Smith. “I just want the city to just do something about it.”

At her neighbor’s house, high water made its way into their brand new car.

Carla told our crews she knows they live in a flood zone and has flood insurance, but she didn’t think the effects would be this bad.

“Creates anxiety every time it rains,” said Lee.

“When it rains, rains, rains for hours at a time, it’s going to be an issue. They need to address better drainage on this side of town,” said Lee.

We know a lot of folks in the area have called in their complaints to the city.

The City of Oklahoma City’s Public Works Department released the following statement to NewsChannel 4:

“The homes in question are located within a flood plain, and the City is aware of the potential for flooding in this area.”


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