Flood damage extensive on Hubbard Road

May 28, 2019 | Headlines

By SHARON ROWEN |KAY NEWSCOW

KAY COUNTY —  Kay County Commissioner Jack Godberson took us on a tour of the flooding and damage in his district Tuesday.

Godberson said Lake Road and Hubbard Road are the two biggest concerns and that both roads are closed indefinitely. On Tuesday county crews removed the guard rails from Chikaskia Bridge on Hubbard in anticipation of the sides of the roads falling into the river. Godberson said the idea is to save and utilize materials.

The Chikaskia River is eating away the new bridge on Hubbard Road.

The shoulder area of Hubbard Road is expected to fall into the Chikaskia River.

The wide spread flooding has also ruined crops.
Godberson said his crews have cleared piles of corn stalks, milo and other crop remains from roads. On old Highway 60 much of the debris is piled on the side of the road. Godberson said the next dilemma will be finding where to dispose of it.

The Chikaskia River is covering a stretch of old Highway 60 between Ponca City and Tonkawa.
Crop debris are piled up on the side of old Highway 60.

County officials are documenting costs in preparation for applying for Federal Emergency Management Agency funding. They are unsure if the two roads will qualify.

The Salt Fork River is flooding Highway 156 near Marland. Godberson’s district was contacted about a possible mud slide in the area of the 101 Ranch grave sites on Cowboy Hill. The area was checked and everything is okay.

The Chikaskia River spent most of the day rising, reaching 32.58 feet at 7:30 p.m. before decreasing to 31.9 feet at 9:30 p.m. which is still major flood stage.
The Salt Fork Arkansas River at Tonkawa was measured at 22.23 feet at 9:30 p.m. and is in moderate flood stage.
The Arkansas River near Ponca City was measured at 21.73 feet at 9 p.m. while Kaw Dam was measured at 37.09 feet above normal at 10 p.m. with a pool elevation of 1047.09 feet.

Lake Road remains closed for flooding.
Commissioner Jack Godberson stands next to piles of crop debris.
The Chikaskia River is eroding the bridge on Hubbard Road.
The Salt Fork River is flooding Highway 156 and most of the area around it.
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