Flooded roads limit access to neighborhood near Wyandotte, OK

Flooded roads limit access to neighborhood near Wyandotte, OK
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Flooded roads near Wyandotte, OK have caused limited access to homes in a rural neighborhood.

Unless you have four-wheel drive, wading through County Road 174 and County Road 637 near Sycamore Cove is not advised.

Nearly 15 homes are located in the neighborhood, where officials say water is as deep as five feet, making access to the area difficult.

Residents say this is the most flooding they have seen since 2007.

“If you’re blocked off and you have a boat, you can get from one side to the other and have a car on the other side to use,” said Janis Cole, resident.

“I don’t like it,” said Buddy Campbell, resident. “It’s rough. If the county would take a little better care of the roads when we get this high of water, it would help.”

Authorities say they closely monitor these conditions should emergency vehicles be needed inside the neighborhood.

“If we do get an emergency call in this area for fire or EMS, we’ll be able to direct the other first responders in and get the necessary equipment, whether it be a boat or an ATV, to be able to get to the residents that are cut off due to the water,” said Chief Ken Murphy, Wyandotte Tribal/Municipal Police Department.

Residents are currently using a back road for access, too narrow for an emergency vehicle.

“The residents are well prepared for this,” Murphy said. “They have their own ways to get in and out, and the vehicles to do that.”

Some say all they can do is stay positive and make the most of having their own private lake.

“You can’t be negative,” Cole said. “It would drive you crazy.”

Authorities say there is some concern further flooding may reach the area, as the levels in Grand Lake and nearby rivers remain high.