Stuck in a rut

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

CARTWRIGHT, Okla. -- Some Cartwright residents literally stuck in a rut. The road to their homes is flooded, and they are having difficulty with the detour.

Travel down Willifa Woods road is a no-go these days, as high water make the road impassable. For the hundreds of residents that live on the other side, they say the quickest way home is down Thousand Oaks Road.

Sheriff’s officials say Bryan County owns part of the road, but not the entire strip. The owner of another portion of the road, C.R. Reeve, installed a fence and a ditch to keep folks from driving through.

"It's paved, it's not like we're interfering in anybody's life, there's no speeding, nothing going down the road, just trying to drive through to get home," said Willetta Huff. Huff lives on the other side of Willifa Woods road, and was protesting the blockade on Friday afternoon.
KXII-TV tried to contact Reeve, but our calls were not returned.

"It's not like we flooded our roads out, they could help us out some," said Kathy Pace, another resident protesting the blockade.

Residents hold signs at the intersection, saying the alternate site, Sand Creek Road, is too dangerous to travel. One of the main concern residents have is emergency vehicles may not have enough time to access homes going down this road. Pace’s mother has cancer, and her son has disabilities. She fears it would take too long for paramedics to come to their aide in an emergency.

We measured the difference in travel time down both roads. It took about six minutes to travel the 2.5 miles down Sand Creek Road. It took two minutes to drive less than one mile down Thousand Oaks, the blocked road.

County Commissioners also say they are looking at the situation to find a solution that works best for everyone. Residents feel they are all-but stranded until that solution comes.

Sheriff Bill Sturch says since Thousand Oaks is a private road, they can't force anyone to move the fence.

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  • by Kat Location: willifa woods on Jul 20, 2007 at 04:48 PM
    I can definately see both side of the story here...but it is a very sad state that our society is in today to see so many people on both sides that are so full of hate. I am a resident of Willifa Woods. I am college educated with a degree. I come from an upper middle class family. No drugs. I have a nice home here. I have great neighbors that I feel would do anything for my family if we needed them. I have been really happy with the way this area has grown the last several years, overcoming many obstacles. I drove through Thousand Oaks, like many others the last few weeks. I kept a respectable speed, happy that there were homes being built in the area that would eventually raise the value of my own home. Of the many times I drove through the area I NEVER came across another homeowner "walking their dogs" or "children playing". The only activity I saw was a family who looked like they were trying to get a foundation ready for their new home being built. I am sincerely sorry for those whose felt "threatened" by those of us 'low lifes' trying to save a little time and gas. I just want you to know not all us us are unappreciative. I am sorry and sad that it has become this 'war of hate'. Think about this one: "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians, they are so unlike your Christ"-Gandhi
  • by realtor Location: denison on Jul 18, 2007 at 06:10 PM
    For all of you complaining about the detours on the roads, we have plenty of houses available for sell in Denison. You would have nice paved streets. You would be close to the doctors, hosptial, and your jobs.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2007 at 04:54 PM
    no i do not want a hand out i own my own home and my own car and i work hard to have what i have so what kind of hand out do i need and i have lived here for 5 years and no there is no drugs out here thank you.that i can see so it must have cleaned up seens you have been here.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:43 AM
    No meth labs in Cartwright. Yeah sure there aren't. As far as helping out people in a time of crisis, what are you wanting a hand out. You have an alternate route to your home so why do you have to drive on a road where you are not wanted. Get a life and take care of yourselves and don't expect others to do everything for you.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    does any one have ideas on helping each other maybe some dont know how to help even if they dont live in green oaks with the blocked road any suggestions
  • by bev Location: cartwright on Jul 17, 2007 at 11:13 AM
    What does drugs have to do with a road being closed. yes cartwright does have its problems with drugs but so does every other town in this world.cartwright gets bad mouthed where ever i family moved out here about 4 years ago i have noticed it things have cleaned up quite a bit. the new homes hopefully will bring in higher properity values. so i can sell my house and move away.
  • by Anonymous Location: proud to be from cartwright on Jul 17, 2007 at 09:55 AM
    to the man from tn apparintly you have not been here in a while because since you left we dont have no more meth.labs and our town is cleaned up. and check your spelling before you talk about our spelling.the only drame there is here are the selfish people like you want help people like us out in a crises do to the floods, thats why we are all on here because we do have a voice thats why we are tring to do somthing about it unlike selfish people like you, you want to set around and cause drame instead of caring and tring to help other people out. and to all you others out there dont make comments unless you have been in are shoes. and god does say be kind to your neightbors that means help each others out not put each down.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 09:18 AM
    do u think making threats to these home owners will help they have earn what they have and shouldnt be treated badly because of it maybe they would help our families in need with this water but rude behavior name calling and threats are just making it worse and making everyone look badly the routes are difficult to travel heck oakhills are using boats to get out there not getting down about it they are going on yes they would like to have an alternate route it is a big inconvience but they take 25-30 every morning and everynight to row across the more people are rude and inconcerterate of others why would they want to help its not money its the my dad always taught us treat people the way you want to be treated if everyone would just think that its more important to help your neighbor and just get over so they have beautiful homes they want to keep their neighbor hood quit and clean would you want people driving and acting like that near your home and families everyone needs to pitch in and grow up. you dont pull your weight why should they
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 09:02 AM
    Get a life. Quit complaining and do something to improve your living conditions. Get a petition together and get it signed and have your roads fixed. Don't expect the people who may have a little more money than you do to take care of all your road problems. I wouldn't let you drive through my neighborhood either.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 17, 2007 at 07:39 AM
    you want to talk about haters and the rude comments mr ramsey do u think we like the drugs in our neiborhood no but we love our homes and our children and familys it has nothing to do with wallering in self pitty or anything like that my family is traveling across the high water on boats they arent letting you or these stuburn selfish people get them down the are where my folks live are with little children and elderly who are fighting to keep there area clean they live in very nice homes and are trying to rid the area of the trash but they should have to leave there homes over the scandels of the neighbor hood thats what the law is for they are just making a living supporting them selves and with you judging all in the neighbor thats fine but push it to them these clean decent families who need assistance with this rain shouldnt be turned away because of the trash down the road .... all the flood victims are doing what they can to get by some have complaints some dont care if they are voicing opions who cares
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