Tulsa parks hit hard by last week's storms


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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 7/29/2013 5:29 pm Published: 7/29/2013 3:58 pm


FOX23's Janna Clark found a 100-year-old tree uprooted at Woodward Park.

The city said there are 15 like it at the park and that's only the beginning.

“This is where they like to walk," said George and Debbie Nuss.

Their two dogs, Highway and Maggie, can hear the noise of chainsaws, but they can't see what's blocking their path.

"They're both blind and they're both rescue dogs," the Nusses said. They can see the problem.

"It's kind of like a bomb went off," they said.

During last Tuesday's storm, trees crashed down all over Adams Park, near 65th and Memorial Drive.

So the Nusses can't take their typical path.

"Because it's blocked over here," they said.

They were excited to see this city crew.

Parks in every part of town look like this.

"There's so many we can't take count," said Mike Battenfield.

It's his job to make sure it gets cleaned up. Battenfield said three crews of about 20 people are working on it.

"It's pretty overwhelming," he said.

Battenfield said Woodward, Howard, Hunter, McClure and Mohawk parks were the worst hit.

He said crews will work on making the parks safe first, and then clean up the rest.

Woodward Park is closed. The other parks are open but the city said people need to be careful.


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