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Cleanup Crews Help Local Residents With Flood Damage

LAWTON Okla_ The flooding here in Lawton was so extensive that a water damage cleanup crew from Wichita Falls crossed state lines into Oklahoma to help out.

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Employees say they were bombarded with calls from private homeowners, business owners, and insurance companies as early as 4:00 AM Friday. They responded to over 20 calls total.

The roof of the Lawton High School dugout suffered storm damage, and at the LPS Media Building, several trucks were half way under water.

Cleanup crews spent Friday morning draining water and salvaging what they could. Even a cleanup crew from Wichita Falls couldn't escape the footholds of Mother Nature.

"There were detours all over Lawton when we got here," Water Damage Restoration Technician Charles Anderson said. "Actually on the way into town this morning, the rubber that they use to seal cracks in the highways had washed out and was just lying in and along the side of the road."

Anderson said once their crew was able to get into town, most of the water had receded from buildings. Despite the water recession, businesses still needed the professional help of a cleanup crew.

"You always want to try and get a professional, especially for floods that come up from the ground," Anderson said, "because that's what's considered a black water loss. That means it's contaminated with bacteria and other containments from the roadways. That creates a breeding ground for microbial growth."

Anderson said Friday they tackled jobs all across Lawton. No one area was completely unscathed by water damage.

"You could tell the whole building had been affected," Anderson said of one local business. "There was wetness in every room, standing water in every room. Everything that was touching the ground when the water came in was soaked."

Anderson said one Lawton home was under seven feet of water.

"The whole cellar was just filled," Anderson said. "It was splashing through the living room and the kitchen; about half the house was still under water."

Anderson said they estimate they'll remove about 600-800 gallons of water by the end of the day. They'll dispose of it in a sewer as per EPA regulations.

As for LHS's baseball dugout: bricks were slung into water puddles after the metal roof was ripped away. The head custodian for Lawton High estimates the cost of repair will range from $4,000-$5,000. The sally port near the media building is where several feet of water pooled, water-logging several LPS vehicles that are believed to have only minor damage.

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