Repair Crews Busy in Hobart, Creek Remains Threat for Future Flooding
Frisco Creek in Hobart was fast flowing on Wednesday after torrential rain caused flooding in parts of the town earlier this week.
FarmRail workers repair tracks on the southeast side of Hobart that were washed away by Monday's flooding rain.
By Ed Murray, NEWS 9
HOBART, Oklahoma -- It didn't take much for the flood waters to rise again in Hobart. The town remains saturated from Monday's six plus inches of rain, which is why crews are working to help save the town from future floods.
On Wednesday morning, another inch and a half fell from the sky and by 10 a.m., Frisco Creek was once again flowing over 3rd Street.
Hobart Emergency manager Daniel Fantinel said this round of flooding wasn't even from the creek itself.
"This is just runoff from the fields around the countryside. It's not going to be a good thing if we get more rain," Fantinel said.
But more rain is in the forecast for the Hobart area into the weekend. That's why Fantinel spent most of Wednesday driving around town checking on efforts to handle another worse case scenario, torrential rains in a short period of time.
The fire department had three crews out all day working to clear every storm drain in town.
"The idea that we're trying to accomplish is to free up some of our culverts that have been blocked up by debris from the last flood. The debris that has gathered around some the bridges, off the highway, to get them all cleared up so hopefully, if we do get anymore rain, it's going to make the flow of water just a little bit easier," Fantinel said.
FarmRail workers are also busy repairing about 150 yards of track. The ground washed out from underneath the rails on Monday. That breech allowed flood waters to pour in to the south side of Hobart.
Fantinel said he hopes all the hard work will pay off, but he knows this is only a short term fix.
"Once we get dried out, I spoke with ODOT and some of their engineers are going to come in and look at what we can do to widen our creek just a little bit to take some of the water load off the south side of Hobart and hopefully divert it around so that we don't have problems in the future," Fantinel said.