Weather taking a toll on W. Tulsa levee

No federal money is a concern for the levee that is slowly deteriorating from Sand Springs to West Tulsa.

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ewolfe357 - 4/10/2013 10:43 AM
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I don't know anything about levees, but I know bad writing when I see it. This also seems to be the norm for Fox23.

Marc Masnor - 4/10/2013 2:14 AM
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I agree that the levee needs attention, but the story was a disjointed mess of meaningless quotes. Please try again. Even the line above, "No federal money is a concern for the levee...", is poorly written, and is misleading. The levee is a responsibility of local government. The Federal government may be authorized by Congress to help, but Federal funding for projects is limited. Waiting for Federal assistance could be a risky decision. I assume the quotes about water pooling behind the levee refer to interior drainage features of the project. While the West Tulsa Levee is designed to keep the Arkansas River from flooding developed areas, the levee inherently blocks runoff from rainfall on those developed areas from reaching the Arkansas River during a flood event. That's why those pump stations exist, to pump the ponded runoff to the river. Those ponding areas exist to temporarily hold the interior runoff while the pumps work to move the water to the river. Quoting people that don't understand the function of the project only serves to misinform others - often many other. If you want to fill space, keep reporting stories like this one. If you want to help the community, write responsibly.
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