SKIATOOK, Okla. — Many areas across Green Country saw flash floods on Thursday after storms and heavy rainfall traveled across the area. Due to the flooding, roads have been impacted, including a stretch of road in Skiatook.
It was reported around 9:30 Thursday night that the road between 52nd West from 133rd Street North to the Hominy Creek bridge partially gave away due to major flooding from Thursday's storms.
Steve Talburt at the County Commissioner's office said the stretch of road has been giving away for years, despite the numerous repairs being made to improve conditions. Talburt said after all the rain Green Country has faced this week, it became too much and part of the asphalt fell into the creek.
Emergency crews went out and secured the area until approximately 1 a.m. Friday morning. They went out later to re-secure the area at 6:30 a.m.
“We’re working on getting temporary access that will take the traffic around this area to where they can get on through,” Steve Talburt, Osage County commissioner for District 2 said.
Talburt said repair costs will start at around $90,000 dollars, that includes stabilizing the bank that washed out and a temporary gravel road around the damaged road.
He said the county will have to cover some of the cost, but its emergency fund is limited.
To help out, they will apply for grants and work with both the Osage tribe and ODOT.
"There are other projects that we have to do and this is going to take the majority of what we already have and so getting funding, other funding is going to be crucial for us,” he said.
Engineers from Kellog Engineering and ODOTare already at work evaluating the damage.
“They say that it would be best to just steer away from having to repair that to make it back into the roadway just because of the erosion that’s underneath it,” Talburt said.
At this time, the road is closed and traffic is being diverted away from the area. Talbert states that crews are figuring out the best plan of action, but the road won't reopen anytime soon.
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