Assistant City Manager M.T. Berry peered down a stairwell Saturday afternoon at the submerged basement door of Oklahoma City's finance and information technology building.
The stairs Berry stood on were covered in mud left behind from floodwaters. Hours earlier, his head would have been below the water line in the building. He said he's never seen anything like the flooding that struck downtown after Friday's storms.
“And I've worked for the city for 43 years,” Berry said.
Most downtown buildings with a basement suffered flood damage after Friday's storms. Devon Tower was closed Saturday while workers dealt with flooding in the basement, company spokesman Chip Minty said.
City spokeswoman Kristy Yager said the storm drainage system just couldn't keep up as seven inches of rain fell in a matter of hours.
“We just had massive flooding,” Yager said. “Many city buildings have basements that took on water.”
City Hall, the municipal court building, police headquarters, Cox Convention Center and Chesapeake Energy Arena all had some flooding. The worst was at the finance and information technology building at 100 N Walker.