Residents deal with potholes, roads washed away after flooding in Liberty

LIBERTY, Okla. — It’s a rocky road to get home on some roads in Liberty, Okla.

“One of our main roads, you are literally driving on craters the whole way,” said Montana Foster.

Foster lives in the Liberty area and sent FOX23 video of a bus going through what appears to be a hole or washed-out roadway.

“That school bus, that is scary. That was after the first amount of rain,” Foster said. “When you can’t drive down a road without literally falling off of it or falling into a giant crater, it just needs to be fixed,” she said.

She wants it fixed so it’s more drivable and so she can get her mail delivered.

“I have not gotten my mail in close to three and a half weeks and with my work schedule I do not have time to go and get my mail,” she said.

The schedule Okmulgee County Emergency Management Director Tim Creighton is on, is the rain.

“They are working on them every day when it is not raining,” Creighton explained.

Between three districts he says there are 900 miles of roads and there’s at least a million dollars’ worth of them washed away or damaged.

“Well, there is two graders to a district and part of the time you have those broke down working them every day you are going to have break downs,” Creighton said.

He says like everyone else trying to get a vehicle fixed it takes extra time to get parts. He says they are working as fast and efficiently as possible.

Hudson Avenue has only enough room to fit one car on some parts due to the washed-out areas on the shoulder of the road. Creighton asks that people be patient.

“You can only do so much a day,” Creighton said. “All this rain has not helped get that accomplished you can only do what you can do when the weather is right to do it.”

Like the road she lives on, fosters patient grows thin.

“They put like shale down. I call it an Oreo mix because that is what it looks like,” Foster said.

One of many roads still on the schedule to be fixed, weather permitting the county hopes to have them all assessed by next week.

Creighton says they hope to have all the roads and damaged roads assessed by the end of next week and plan to submit paperwork to the state to get funding to help fix the roads. He calls it one of the worst water disasters the county has ever seen.