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Deteriorating levee concerns

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 2/16/2012 6:34 pm Published: 2/15/2012 6:47 pm

Neighbors living near a deteriorating levee system in Sand Springs are asking for help. 
They're worried about lack of maintenance and possible levee failure. Now the Charles Page Neighborhood Association is working to get the word out. 

JD Smith’s home sits right behind the levee system that stretches more than 20 miles long and protects thousands of people from the Arkansas River.

“Well, back in the 80's the levee got absolutely full and if you were to dump a cup of coffee in the river it would have come over the top, it was that bad,” says Smith.

Smith is worried that it could happen again, so he’s going door to door with a petition in hand to send to Washington.

“We started out to get the petitions signed to get the money, and nobody knew what the levee was,” he says.

Lack of knowledge regarding the levee is a problem that he runs into almost every day.

“The infrastructure is in pretty bad shape, and if the levee breaks this area will be flooded with water,” he says.

County Commissioner Karen Keith and others realize how dire the situation is.

"It's something we have to fix and we know that. So I'm going to put it at a five, but in a high water event I really wouldn't want to test it,” says Keith.

She says the cities of Sand Springs and Tulsa have been put on notice by FEMA, and have a year and a half to start making some significant changes.

"Part of the infrastructure is these old clay pipes and tow drains that help in a high water event. We now understand that those are really no longer viable,” Keith says.

For JD, he just wants the security of knowing his home will be safe from future flooding.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, February 16th at the Grace United Methodist Church. It’s located at 519 S. 49th west Avenue. The meeting starts at 6:00PM.

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chick chick - 2/15/2012 8:32 PM
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Critical levee situation does need addressed! I also agree with lil duck.....that the new levee commissioner IS smoking hot!!!!!!!

lil duck - 2/15/2012 7:59 PM
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The New Levee commissioner is smoking hot!!!
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