Flooding in Tulsa neighborhood temporarily fixed

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Updated: 4/04/2013 9:18 am Published: 4/03/2013 11:21 pm

City of Tulsa leaders said flood zones can only get a temporary fix for now. 

The city reports West 4th Place and South 51st Ave. West is a flood zone, along with 28th Street and Riverside, and 81st Street and Elwood. 

Neighbors in the west Tulsa flood zone said the drainage ditch that causes the flooding has not been fixed in almost 50 years. 

“How long is this going to take?” asked neighbor Lisa Tadpol.

Tadpol’s family has lived right above the drainage ditch for more than 40 years.

“I grew up here, and when I was little my father would get on his hands and knees and dig a ditch from the road to the drain so the water could flow through and not build up on the road.”

The city tried to fix the problem earlier this month and laid asphalt over the road to level it better but they connected the asphalt all the way up to the dirt wall and over the drainage ditch so when it rained all week the water could not flow from the road into the ditch. 

On Wednesday, after Tadpol called FOX23 News to tell us about the problem, FOX23 called the city and that afternoon crews came out to break up the concrete and create a space for the water to flow from the road.

“Earlier today it was six inches deep, and now since they fixed it, it’s flowing through, it’s maybe two inches deep or less,” said Tadpol.  “But the problem is the dirt will just fall back into the ditch and then it will build up and then the water will stop flowing and build up on the road again.  My yard is being eaten away by the drainage ditch that the city has to keep digging every year.”

The city said they will need an engineer to go out to all the flood zones and level them off for there to be a permanent fix. 

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