Enid city commissioners approved Tuesday an emergency declaration that is the first step in allowing the city and Enid residents to apply for state or federal aid to repair storm damage.

Enid was struck by a severe wind storm June 1 that caused an estimated $2 million to homes and businesses. A number of city facilities were damaged, and Enid Recycling Center was destroyed. Public Works Director Jim McClain said the city sustained about $900,000 damage, including the recycling center.

Some outbuildings and fencing were not covered by city insurance. McClain said negotiations are continuing with the insurance company, but he said the city will be out at least $300,000.

City Manager Eric Benson said commission approval was the first step in being declared an emergency area and implements the city’s emergency operations plan.

Drainage improvements

During Tuesday’s study session preceding the regular meeting, commissioners talked about a proposed capital recovery ordinance to help fix drainage problems. Benson said Enid’s drainage system is into whatever vacant field is handy, and that is not a satisfactory solution. The city has spent $300,000 to correct drainage problems in the Willow West addition.

The proposed ordinance is designed to accommodate a 50- to 100-year storm, said Robert Hitt, director of development services.

The purpose is to mitigate the impact on drainage from developments. Hitt said developments increase runoff and increase either current or future flooding potential. The program calls for the initial developer to make improvements to drainage, and future developers will pay their share. Plans would have to be approved by Metropolitan Area Planning Commission and the city commission.

Hitt wants to have a consistent master plan that will work into the future and meet all standards.

The first channel to be improved will be in the Rolling Acres area.

City staff said improved drainage areas would help encourage residential development in Enid, although it could increase the cost of individual lots by approximately $2,000.

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