Flooding in Henryetta and Dewar


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Updated: 6/01/2013 10:46 pm Published: 6/01/2013 8:29 pm


The severe storms that rolled into Green Country Friday forced people in Dewar and Henryetta out of their homes because of the rising water.

Some areas got more than four feet of water in Okmulgee County. The Eastern Oklahoma Red Cross has opened a shelter in Dewar. Officials believe 200 people were displaced in that area.

"So this is the living room kind of where the flood started," said Jessie Withrow.

The 8-year-old walked FOX23’s Dontaye Carter through the area she said was flooded the most in her grandparents’ home.

They have fans set up in nearly every corner of the house trying to dry it up.

"So, what did you think when you saw your room like this?" asked Dontaye.
"Whoa! I hope it's going to get fixed soon because I want to have a room," she replied.

She's the youngest in the home but is still feeling the impact.

"This is all ruined and stuff," said Jessie.

Her grandparents’ tomato garden was also flooded.

Volunteers and some of the neighborhood boys helped the family to salvage much more than they could back in 1992. Jessie’s grandparents tell us they lost everything then. They're now looking at ways to renovate the home and little Jessie's already got plans of her own.

"I don't know if they're getting carpet in here but in my room I want tile," she said.

The family says it's in these moments when they find out who their real friends are and say neighbors proved to be more than just the people next door.

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