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Residents recover from unprecedented flooding in Pawnee County

Posted at 7:26 PM, Oct 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-05 20:26:14-04

PAWNEE, Okla. -- Parks and yards are still under water in Pawnee after hours of rain.

Some parts of the county got close to eight inches on Wednesday. Residents said they never expected so much damage.

"It usually happens over two to three days but it happened in hours," Tiffany Morgan said.

Now Morgan's backyard of six years is part of Black Bear Creek.

"The trampoline was no longer there, the grass was gone, and it just rose quickly. By 7:30 last night it was all the way up to our cars," she said.

Russell Morgan has lived on Pecan Street for almost 20 years. After experiencing flooding a few times, he's learned to protect his home.

"I had this Mercedes. It was parked down over there when I got off of work so we moved it, luckily. It would have been just a few hours and it would have been inside the vehicle," Morgan said.

The homeowner is also used to unexpected visitors after storm damage.

"There was like three or four possums stuck in this one tree over here and well mostly we were just concerned about dangers critters like snakes," Morgan said.

The family now plans to adapt to having a waterside property.

"There's not going to be grass for a long time, it's going to be muddy. So all this is pretty much off limits for awhile," Tiffany Morgan said.

Right now residents say safety is their concern. They want to keep children away from the water to prevent any sickness.

 

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