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October 16, 2013

The flood of 1973 — could it happen again?

City of Enid makes improvements to floodplain

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ENID, Okla. — Stormwater fees

For the city’s part, Berry commends staff for the work it has done building new stormwater detention ponds and clearing silt and brush from the creek.

“However, they have spent so much money on cosmetics we could have been done with detention,” he said.

The city sets aside stormwater and development fees for floodplain protection. The lawsuit alleges Enid officials have spent money on things unrelated to the fees’ original intent. Again, Benson counters that the money has been spent in accordance with law.

“We have never used stormwater funds for anything but stormwater,” he said.

Current projects include five detention facilities under construction.

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