Pontotoc Co. prepares for cleanup after floods

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "It was fast, real fast," Jason Bogle said. "It's the fastest thing that's ever snuck up on me like that."

Jason Bogle says he was on his land off State Highway 48 just 45 minutes before the rainfall came down Friday - hard and fast, sweeping away about 60 head of cattle.

"Watching them go under that bridge and not knowing where they're going to end up and the fences down there will kind of make you nervous." Bogle said. "I was a little beside myself."

Bogle says he was able to get help from Bushwackers Land Clearing, who came in with air boats and spent hours rescuing about 15 of them.

"He was definitely saving grace that's for sure, their whole company was a life saver," Bogle said.

Bogle says he and others will be spending the next few days searching for the ones still missing.

The extraordinary rains Pontotoc Co. has seen since Friday is also affecting commuters.

Pontotoc Co. Emergency Manager Chad Letellier says so far 10 county roads are closed all washed out.

He says it'll cost about $350,000 to repair them.

"(We're) hoping to get a federal declaration but it's going to take more than our county to get that so we will be working with the state and local partners to try to get our roads repaired, back open," Letellier said.

Letellier says from Roff to about five miles south of Allen saw up to 18 inches of rainfall.

He says according to the Oklahoma Climate Survey Friday's rainfall could be near a 1000 year rainfall event.



 
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