SAND SPRINGS, Okla. -- Sand Springs city leaders survey Case Community Park after flooding caused major damage this past week.
"It’s gut wrenching," said Cathy Burdge, Park Advisory Board Chairman.
For the first time in a week city leaders are seeing the flood damage at Case Community Park.
"The water this time I think this time did so much more damage by hanging around," said Burdge.
Water came up 8 feet against concessions and restroom facilities. 95 percent of the 120 acre park was underwater, and about 30 percent suffered major damage.
"This area alone at softball may be an excess of 200, 250 thousand dollars," said Jeff Edwards, Sand Springs Parks Director.
Edwards estimates hundreds of thousands of dollars in repair work. This coming after $10 million was shoveled into park improvements over the last few years.
"We worked so many years to be able to get that splash pad in, and now we’re going to go a summer without it," said Burdge.
Edwards says nearly all of the electrical supply went underwater, forcing the cancellation of upcoming events, like fireworks on July 3rd.
"It was more overwhelming when it was underwater because it’s not what you know that bugs you, it’s what you don’t know," said Edwards.
The park is hosting a volunteer clean up this Saturday at 8 a.m.
"It’s a sad day but it’s not something that we can’t overcome," said Burdge.
They do not know when the park will be safe to reopen.
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