Illinois River Expected To Reach Near Record Crest
News 6 - May 5, 2022 10:27 pm
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Oklahoma –
All outfitters along the Illinois River are in the same boat as they try to move everything to higher ground.
“They’re just doing everything they can to get everything up to higher ground and to minimize any losses that we have,” said Cody Bartmess, All American Floats. Cody Bartmess and his family own All American Floats.
They just set up for the season, with t-shirts and souvenirs ready for the hundreds of people expected this week. On Thursday, they rushed to empty their building and call everyone to cancel their reservations through this weekend.
“We had some senior trips, Cub Scout groups, different things like that. Yeah, it hurts the wallet with a little bit, but God’s good and he provides,” Cody Bartmess said.
Rafts and kayaks are packed up, but they had to leave buses behind that got stuck.
“This one, it just rained so hard so fast up into the area where it dumps the water in that it just rose really quickly,” said Bartmess.
Thankfully, they have four other buses ready for when they re-open sometime next week. Meanwhile, throughout Cherokee County, crews are assessing and trying to fix damaged roads, like Indian Road near the Cherokee – Sequoyah County Line.
“Where we can get things moving again in our county just for ways of life for our residents. That’s the big thing,” Scott Pettus, Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management said.
You can report damage to the emergency management office at: 918-456-2894.