Purcell businesses clean up following flood

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PURCELL, Okla. -- Many in the Purcell and Lexington areas spent Sunday and Monday cleaning up after a creek that runs through the area overflowed its banks.

At Bruce Sloan Tire Service in Purcell, they are dealing with a huge loss. The floors are covered in mud, the walls are coated with water and debris, and much of their business has been ruined by the water.

Dee Bivens walked our crews through the building where the water came up at least four-feet high.

She lives in the building and woke up around 4 a.m. Sunday to find water pouring into her room.

Dee said, “Jim comes in and tells me get up we gotta get out of here.”

Within minutes, she says, the water was up to her knees.

Dee said, “I didn't think I was going to get out of here.”

Derek Kessler runs Kessler Transmission next door.

Derek said, “I just almost want to close the door and walk away like a bad dream.”

This is the third time over several years he's watched his business flood. He says, in the past, there's been time to get everything off the ground. He says once the river overflows, it generally takes several hours for it to reach his business.

That was not the case this weekend.

Derek said, “The fire department said it came in an hour.”

“It came pretty fast,” Dee said.

Dee says close to 300 tires are missing from the tire shop and most of their equipment is ruined, including a tire balancing machine, which they just paid off.

While they have a lot of helpers with the clean-up, Dee and others are nervous about more rain. They are hoping the creek will stay in its banks.

“I just hope it doesn't flood again,” Dee said.

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