Mead residents having to reach their homes by boat

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

MEAD, Okla. -- High waters are forcing some mead residents to boat to and from their homes. Ten feet of water now covers the only road into a local neighborhood.

On Texoma Road, nearly 100 residents have to get into their homes by boat because of all the flooding.

Mead firefighters delivered medication to some of the elderly residents who where not able to endure the shaky boat ride out.

The other big concern for residents in this tight community is their homes are not accessible to emergency vehicles.

Mead firefighters say they now bring a rescue boat on all of their calls so they are able to deal with high waters, and a helicopter would be called in if someone was seriously injured.

Resident Jennifer Lockhart says she's been left on the shores and hopes nothing more serious happens to someone needing to get out.

"The guy I live with, Kyle, he talks to the sheriff’s department and people about what they can get down here. He says they need someone on each end at all times in case of an emergency. But they say there’s really nothing they can do for us like the night we got stuck in our car they said no one could come so I’m hoping nothing bad happens to any one," said Lockhart.

Residents were told a week ago that it could take 12 to 14 days for these waters to subside but with all this new rain there now being told it could take over a month.

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  • by Tuffy on Jul 12, 2007 at 09:45 AM
    How impressed would you be if your home should be engulfed in fire and there was no way for you to be reached. Just Asking.
  • by Sue Location: Sandpoint on Jul 12, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    I was really impressed by the West Bryan County Fire Rescue team...Shortly after not being able to drive out of SandPoint there came a knock on our door by two young men from the fire department wanting to know if we needed anything and if there was anything they could help us with..These guys are all volunteers and I want to express my thanks to them.
  • by JGates Location: Mead on Jul 11, 2007 at 03:09 PM
    Percey: Unfortunately sandbagging would not have done anything to prevent the flooding of this road. There are actually very few homes in the area that are being flooded, the major issue is the flooding of S. Texoma Road, and as I said above sandbagging would not have done anything to fix this problem. The Firefighters from West Bryan County Fire Rescue have spent a lot of time in the area checking on all of the residents that are flooded in, as well as delivering prescriptions and other supplies to people who were unable to get out. They have also organized emergency plans for access with EMS crews via ATVs. They are doing a whole lot to help out in this area, and filling sandbags would not have helped any.
  • by Clayton Location: Liberty mo. on Jul 11, 2007 at 08:07 AM
    I was born north of the rail road bridge and watched them clear a lot of the timber before the lake was filled. I,m sorry too see all this flooding in texoma land.
  • by Percey Location: Durant on Jul 10, 2007 at 08:52 PM
    It's too bad that Mead Firefighters didn't copy Calera firefighters and organize sandbagging procedures for Mead residents.
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