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Homeowners at risk of being stranded after flood damage in Terlton

Posted at 4:17 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 18:17:10-04

TERLTON, Okla. — A private road is the only way of getting in and out of Cimarron Acres in Terlton right now.

The owner is preparing to close it off, and the alternate route was washed away in this spring's flooding.

"Our road's out. How are we going to get across? What are you going to do to get your supplies across? There's all these questions going unanswered and I'm panicked," homeowner Jason Beaird said.

The man who owns the open road said months later, he's frustrated the main entrance is still unusable, which is why he's closing off access starting on August 5th.

"My wife, she's disabled. To cross here to get out... as you see, how are we going to get her out of here? How are we going to get the people in wheelchairs out of here? It's just stuff like that," Beaird said.

Because both roads are privately owned, county commissioners recommend residents work together on a solution. District Three Commissioner Dale Carter estimates repairs could cost about $15,000.

"They need to all get together, chip in some money, buy the culvert, and hire a private contractor to install it," he said.

Pawnee County is working with the district attorney's office and FEMA to figure out how they can help, or if tax dollars can even be used in this kind of situation.

"If we do it, if the county does it... it's gonna fall back on us if it washes out again, and it will wash out again," Carter said.

The owner of the open private road said if he didn't lock the gate, he fears his entrance would be used indefinitely.

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