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Floods hit Cotton County

COTTON COUNTY, Okla_The overflow from East Cache Creek which caused all the problems for East Lawton has now left much of Walters and Cotton County underwater.

The floodwaters have made their way into several neighborhoods. Citizens have been sandbagging their homes to salvage their belongings. Some have even been treading through waist-deep waters covering the roadways just to get around town.

Officials say with floods this intense, their top priority is keeping the community safe.

"It's been a very long night,” said Cotton County Emergency Manager Shawn Strange.

Strange was up until three Monday morning rescuing citizens from the floods. He says the biggest problem he's seen is people ignoring flooded roads that are closed for good reason.

"They have no idea how deep it is,” Strange said. “We had a water rescue here around midnight. We've got to keep people out of that water is the main thing. They're still just coming down constantly."

Strange said this is a problem that spread across town.

"Our county roads went from pretty good damage to we're just missing roads now,” Strange said. “We ran out of signs early on into this. We can't even shut down all the roads we have washed out."

The flooding has also displaced many animals. At one point, fish could be seen swimming alongside livestock in a field.

"We've seen tons of different kinds of fish, crawdads, snakes, turtles, beavers and the people,” Strange said.

People like Bobby Coombs, who says his brother's swift rescue saved him from his flooded home this morning.

"He backed his pickup up to the dock there and I got on the back of the pickup and we got out of here,” Coombs said.

Coombs has lived in this home for thirty years but says he's never seen anything like this before.

"The water was like it was an inch right there like it was coming into my building,” Coombs said. “That's the highest it's ever been."

With more flooding in the forecast, Coombs is trying to stay optimistic.

"I can't stand the thought of the idea,” Coombs said. “But I guess we've got to live with what we've got."

Strange said in order to prepare for this rainfall they've been sandbagging as many homes and businesses as they can. They want to help these people keep their belongings safe.

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