Torrential rains in Oklahoma City on Aug. 9 caused two cars to be swamped in the dip in the road near 6200 N May Ave. Since May is a major thoroughfare required for police and other emergency vehicles, the occasional flooding in this low spot needs to be mitigated. Either the road needs to be raised and/or the floodwaters need to be redirected. In the interim, flood gauge signs, which are marked off in one-foot increments, are desperately required as a warning to motorists.
Scottsdale, Ariz., warns motorists with a $1,500 flood water warning device that incorporates a solar-powered yellow flasher that's activated when the water level reaches 4 inches in depth. Funding for eight warning devices was provided for through a grant. The money lost on those two cars that were water-damaged on May Avenue would have bought a few of these warning devices.
Cole Herndon, Oklahoma City