A drainage canal in a Bixby neighborhood has some residents saying it's a health hazard

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 19:35:42-05

Some homeowners in the Howser home addition said the water in the tributary connecting to the fry ditch drainage system, isn’t supposed to be there.

Sonny Anderson said he’s been trying to get the city to fix the problem for two years, and nothing has been done.

Anderson said he can't sit on his back porch at his bixby home anymore. That’s because a drainage canal is full of water and causing a mosquito infestation.

"The problem exists and obviously it is as bad or worse than it's ever been, because of lack of maintenance of the fry ditch drainage system,” said Anderson.

He said the drainage system is supposed to support the new homes being built in the area. But, he said vegetation is causing water to back up. Sending it running off into the tributary by his home instead.

"This comes all the way from north here kind of where you can see those houses in the distance and beyond and comes south and all of this should be clear,” said Anderson.

Anderson said the city worked on the drain a year ago by widening the canal to help lower the water level. He said the water is still high, and creating a potential hazard for the children he see's playing in it.

"This is enough water to drown in,” said Anderson.

Anderson said at one point, the city told him they would try to appropriate the funds to lower the water level,  but they didn't know when that would be. Bixby city officials told 2 Works For You, they are looking into the situation.

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