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Flooding, water rationing and infrastructure problems continue to plague Rogers County as recent rain left waterways, like the Oologah Lake spillway, over capacity.

Work begins Monday on a $1 million emergency waterline replacement project under the Oologah Lake spillway in Rural Water District 3.

With a 75 percent project reimbursement from FEMA, generous property use agreements from the three affected property owners, and free construction assistance from Rogers County District 1, the water district is expected to pay less than $250,000 to repair the water line and restore full water access to approximately 8,000 customers.

The plan is to bore a 16-inch water line through 800 feet of limestone under the Verdigris River.

“It’s a little wishful thinking, but I gave ourselves two weeks,” District Engineer Bryan Kellogg said. “If all goes well, within two weeks, we will turn this on.”

Kellogg also expressed gratitude to the Boyd family, the Harp family and the Freeby family for providing the rights to use their property so the district could move forward with emergency plans.