Residents in Town and Country and Meadow Valley remain hard at work the week of June 3 clearing trash and debris from their homes after floodwaters receded.

Lawyer John DesBarres had water nearly up to the back doorway of his home in the Town and Country neighborhood.

DesBarres said he had about seven hours to pack up his home and evacuate before his home took on water.

“The water was coming up behind us,” he said.

DesBarres blames the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the flooding that impacted his and his neighbors’ homes.

“The Corps needs to understand they have a pool that holds so much water,” he said. “(The May 2019 event) was not flood control…they can lower that pool.”

DesBarres said the Corps should have released water before heavy rain hit if they knew rain was in the forecast.

Mike Abate of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, however, said at a meeting with flood victims May 30 that they have to react to the weather on the ground because of the unpredictability of weather.

DesBarress said it will likely be months before his home is habitable again.

Jennifer, her three children and mother—who also has a home in the neighborhood—were cleaning up their home in the Meadow Valley neighborhood June 4.

Jennifer said they had about 5 inches of water in their garage.

She said she’s lived in the neighborhood for about 14 years.

Clay Langley owns a home that his daughter lives in in the Meadow Valley neighborhood and was there working on the home June 4.

Volunteers with local churches were on hand to help with cleanup June 4, Webco Industries were on hand with bottled water and snacks and Samaritan’s Purse and the Salvation Army were in Town and Country to help with the cleanup efforts there.

Matt Barnett of HillSpring Church was in Meadow Valley June 4 and said volunteers are still needed to help with the recovery efforts.

Rachel Snyder 918-581-8315

rachel.snyder@sandspringsleader.com