Edmond homeowners to get relief from flooding

Karen Wheeler is one of 55 people whose property will no longer be in a flood zone, after Edmond City Council members approved a $3.1 million contract to get the homes out of the floodplain.
by Diana Baldwin Modified: August 28, 2013 at 3:00 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013

Construction in a floodplain isn't allowed, Manek said.

Mayor Charles Lamb said there was no flood insurance before 1973 or 1974.

“We just didn't have the mapping to work with,” Lamb said.

City council members on Monday approved a $3.13 million contract with Crossland Heavy Contractors. A Federal Emergency Management Agency grant will pay for 75 percent of the contract. The city is responsible for 25 percent of the cost, or $716,003.

Manek said the floodplain will be narrowed so the water will stay in the channel, and the concrete bridge under Longsdale Drive will be replaced with a larger structure.

The contractors have 200 calendar days to get the job finished.

“We know there is going to be a lot of interruption and we apologize,” Manek said. “It will take about a half-million dollars just for the bridge. It is a hard project.”

Wheeler just wants the work finished so her flood insurance payments will go away. She also would have the option to sell her home if it didn't sit in a flood zone.

“If we have any extra money, we want to spend it on the kids,” Wheeler said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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Something wasn't accurate when it was built and I don't know what it was. I have been here 12 years and it has been a long-standing problem.”

Steve Manek,
City Engineer

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