INDIAHOMA, OK (KSWO) -Comanche County road crews have a difficult road ahead of them as they make repairs to damaged bridges and roads.
Comanche County's western district was one of the hardest his areas; that includes the towns of Indiahoma and Cache. Bridges were damaged by debris that became lodged against them by the force of the water. Sections of seven county roads remain closed because of water damage. Tinhorns have washed out, along with gravel, from many of the rural roads.
Herb Heavin has lived alongside the creek for 20 years. He says the water rose much quicker and flowed much faster than it did May 2015.
"We were scared, my wife and I both," Heavin said.
Heavin took video of the water flowing in front of his driveway near the bridge on Sunday. He says the sight was mind blowing.
"And I came and walked out here and it was knee deep water. This road looked like an ocean down here," he described.
He says when he walked a little further to look at the bridge, he had a feeling it couldn't withstand the pressure of the debris that had built up on one side.
"When you see these big logs banging into this bridge and it's rocking it, then you think that's not too amazing. It's gonna happen, and it did happen," Heavin said.
There's a huge hole in the bridge and the concrete has completely washed away on one side.
County Commissioner Don Hawthorne says the bridge near Southwest Bishop Road and Southwest Bandy Road is just one example of the trouble they are facing across the county.
"We have got other bridges that the material is backed up against and of course if it rains again you know and washes more debris down it may cause more damage to the bridges," Hawthorne said.
Hawthorne says now they are trying to remove the debris before the rain comes, so destruction like this doesn't happen to other bridges.
Heavin says he's staying positive; another bridge on his property withstood the same waters and it has been there for 60 years.
Hawthorne says the first thing that will need to be done before that bridge can be repaired is that the debris will have to be removed with a track hoe or burned.
There are seven roads that are completely closed in Comanche County:
- New Hope Road between Devine Road and Flower Mound Road
- Bishop Road between Railroad Street and Tower Road
- The intersection of Railroad Street and Tinney Road
- Bandy Road between Bishop Road and Coombs Road
- Lee Blvd between Indiahoma Road and 267th Road
- 4-Mile Road south of the Caddo-Comanche County Line Road
- Holsey Acres Road, west of Indiahoma Road