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Bartlesville residents recover from severe flooding

Posted at 9:16 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 23:20:27-04

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. -- Bartlesville residents are starting to clean up their homes after several feet of water swept through neighborhoods last week.

"The volunteers that came out were just amazing," said Dale Odden, a Bartlesville resident.

Several homes in the Kenilworth addition in Bartlesville were hit hard by last week's flood.

"They lost everything, they lost absolutely everything," said Odden.

Dale Odden lives on the same street as homes with damage from four feet of water inside. He considers himself lucky because his house only had over a foot of water.

"We had 20 of those chairs in our living room and put all our furniture on it, we didn’t lost any furniture at all," said Odden.

It wasn’t only homes that were affected by the flooding, damage at the Washington County SPCA forced them to move to a temporary shelter about ten minutes away in Bartlesville.

"That’s just the part that they had to cut out because water got that high," said Tonya Pete, Executive Director of Washington County SPCA.

The shelter evacuated last Tuesday in the middle of the night. 30 dogs and 10 cats were transferred to the Humane Society of Tulsa, and 115 animals were put in emergency foster homes.

"They ripped all the dry wall out of here, too, that was damaged," said Pete.

They're storing stray pets rescued from Animal Control at their temporary shelter.

"It’s a little heartbreaking for some of our employees who have worked here for years and it’s emotional for them," said Pete.

The SPCA board votes later this week on how they'll move forward with their shelter.

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