During the early morning hours of Saturday, June 1, residents of the Riverside Mobile Home Park, located at 6244 Sable, Midwest City, began calling 911 for assistance because of severe flooding taking place within the park.
According to city officials, when the Midwest City Fire and Police Departments arrived on the scene, they saw flood waters over two feet high running down the streets of the park and into many of the homes. The Fire Department shift commander immediately created a command post at N.E. 19th Street and Air Depot and called in the department’s boat to the site to begin taking out the residents.
In addition, calls were made to the Edmond and Del City Fire Departments for use of their boats to help in the evacuation of the residents. By mid-day, approximately 190 residents had been evacuated from the mobile home park.
According to Emergency Management Director, Mike Bower, this was and continues to be a team effort between the Midwest City Fire, Police, Environmental Services, Stormwater Quality and Community Development Departments. “Our department’s train for situations like this all the time because you don’t know when you will have to put the training into a real-life scenario. Fortunately, for the folks living in the mobile home park, we were able to mobilize our resources, along with our neighbors from Edmond and Del City and get them out of a dangerous situation pretty quickly,” Bower said.
During the time the residents were being evacuated, Bower made contact with the Oklahoma City area Red Cross to set up a shelter for the flood victims. Arrangements were quickly made that the residents would be housed at the Nick Harroz Community Center, in Midwest City. The Red Cross set up cots and provided food, clothing and necessities for the flood victims.
The community center provided shelter until the following Tuesday, when, at that time, the Red Cross moved the residents to the Douglas Boulevard United Methodist Church. The shelter has now been able to close.
Bower said that once the flood waters were pumped out of the park and power fully restored, residents were able to go back in to retrieve their belongings. According to Bower, many faith-based organizations are currently helping the residents with debris removal from their homes.
In addition, Bower said that the city’s Community Development Department is working to come up with a possible solution regarding the issues that caused the flooding problems in the first place.
“It is great to have so many community and faith-based partners during times such as these, along with our highly trained city departments, to help out their neighbors. That is what makes Midwest City such a special place to live,” Bower said.