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Oklahoma City flooding: Oklahoma River training site damaged by floods

Part of a dock, boats and training barge are swept east along Oklahoma River. But, by Monday evening, most of the items were found.

BY SONYA COLBERG Published: June 15, 2010

The rain-gorged Oklahoma River on Monday swept away part of a dock, boats and a rowing barge used in training. But by evening, most of that had been recovered with the help of bystanders and volunteers, said Mike Knopp, executive director of Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation.

"It's created kind of a challenge today, but we'll find it all,” Knopp said.

He said the dock went over the eastern dam and down the river. Most of the boats floated about three miles to the NE 36 Street area where cranes and wreckers were being used to pull everything out. The roughly 18-foot by 6-foot white fiberglass rowing training barge still is missing, though.

The race course will have some losses due to cable damage. And some other equipment sustained losses, but Knopp said there's no dollar assessment yet.

"The great thing about the river is ... it's controllable,” Knopp said.

He said there was no worry about the water jumping the banks or getting into the boathouses and it was already slowing down Monday evening.

Knopp said athletes from across the country are training on the Oklahoma River. As long as the river is safe, they will be able to continue that training today, he said.

No events are scheduled on the Oklahoma River for the next couple of weeks. Other than the programs that were canceled Monday night, no other classes have been canceled, he said.

He said the losses were minimal compared to those of some home owners and business owners.


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