$2.2 Million Tulsa Flood Control Project Completed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management director Albert Ashwood announced the completion of a new $2.2 million flood control project on Monday.

Bartlett and Ashwood were joined by Tulsa City Councilors G.T. Bynum and Blake Ewing at a 10 a.m. news conference. The Crow Creek Flood Control Project will help lower the flood risk for 62 neighborhood homes in Tulsa.

Residents reported repeated flooding in the Florence Park South neighborhood and its streets.

Now, three blocks have a new underground storm sewer system and there is a new rain water detention site at East 21st Place and South Delaware Court.

The project was made possible through a $1.5 million grant from FEMA. The city of Tulsa used funds from the stormwater utility fee to cover the remaining $700,000 needed for the project.

"They took it upon themselves to say we're not going to wait to find out what the government has, whether federal or state, to provide to us to make this fix. We're going to do it ourselves, and they have done it ever since then," Ashwood said.

(Associated Press contributed to this article.)