September 16, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - Yesterday, U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) visited flood-damaged areas of Blackwell in Kay County. Heavy rains from Tropical Depression Lowell caused the Chikaskia River to overflow, significantly damaging much of the town. About 250 homes were damaged and around 800 people were displaced in Blackwell. Some residents even had to be evacuated in air boats.
Senator Inhofe visited with local residents and officials, speaking to volunteers at a local church who were helping clean up damage from flood waters rising several feet, as well as at the homes of several residents.
"The devastation in Blackwell and Kay County has affected hundreds of residents and businesses," Senator Inhofe said. "It was important to come and see the damage firsthand and I appreciate State Representative Dale DeWitt for giving me on a tour of the area. I will be monitoring the situation closely and will work with local officials to make sure these communities make a full recovery."
State Representative Dale DeWitt (R-House District 38), who took the Senator on a tour of damaged areas in Blackwell, said, "We're proud, privileged and honored that Senator Inhofe made Blackwell a priority stop today. The devastation here is real and the fact that Senator Inhofe took the time to stop and assess the damage means a lot to me and our whole community. In the case that we need to apply for federal help from FEMA, knowing he's been on the ground and assessed the damage first-hand is a real comfort and we know we will be given an honest chance. Senator Inhofe is a valuable asset for all Oklahomans."