Stephens County roads washed away by floods

Stephens County roads washed away by floods

STEPHENS COUNTY, Okla._Flood damage from May and Tropical Depression Bill has caused nearly $200,000 in road damage across parts of Stephens County.

Chunks of county roadways have been washed away, while other sections, including a bridge, still remain under water. Just to the north of Velma, four county roads remain impassable.

County Commissioner Lonnie Estes is hoping to make the roads passable by the end of this week. Crews are working 10 hour shifts right now until the work is done.

County Road 3030 is one area road hardest hit. An entire section washed away by raging waters. The giant tin horn buried in the ground could not handle the amount of water pushing through, but County Commissioner Lonnie Estes says is not easy to replace those.

"Tin horns have also been a problem, where we get those they are backed up from the manufacturer of tin horns," said Estes.

Half of a mile of County Road 3030 was under water. Crews plan on smoothing out the giant hole, placing in a new tin horn and hope to have the road ready by this weekend.

"We are going to start on it today, the water has receded enough that we can actually start on it. I doubt we get done today because it will take a lot of materials to get it filled in," said Estes.

The commissioner says the people have been patient while they work hard to get the roads back in shape.

"The people here, they understand. They've lived out here a long time and a lot of have never seen this much water that they had last week," said Estes.

The three other roads that remain closed are County Line Road, just south of Baseline, East Terry Road and County Road 1700 still has water over the bridge.

The county has four graders and four trucks used to make the road repairs. Estes said the county is also having to bring in more gravel to put on the roads, since the water washed much of it away.