Floods

A 500-year
flood.  As a banker, I know about 100-year
flood plains.  We require insurance for
loans that sit in these designated areas. 
But frankly, I had never heard the term “500-year flood,” until Monday,
June 14th

On June 14th,
Edmond faced the consequences of a 500-year flood.  In thirteen hours, parts of Edmond received
more than 12 inches of rain.   Edmond’s
Public Works director explained to me that this was a 500-year flood.   In layman’s terms, this was a flood that
occurs once every 500 years. 

To our
knowledge, we did not have any fatalities or injuries.  Our police and fire departments spent the day
rescuing people, animals, and safeguarding property, while our emergency
communications fielded the calls.  Hats
off to a job well done. 

Edmond’s
roads, bridges, drainage and detention were designed to handle large quantities
of water.  While it would be
extravagantly expensive to design for a 500 year flood, Edmond clearly was
designed to handle flood waters of the 100-year magnitude – as are most
cities.  As our public works director
explained to me, Edmond’s systems, for the most part, exemplified good design
and city planning.

We have several
roads and bridges that suffered significant damage that need repair.  But our new downtown water detention area
worked, our storm water drainage systems worked, and all of our newer bridges
held.  Standing water drained within a
couple of hours to let roads re-open.  

At this
point, there were isolated events reported of water in homes inside the Edmond
city limits.  We have all seen the
reports of the homes that were sitting just outside our city boundaries, and
have seen the