ADA – As much as two more inches of rain fell on parts of Pontotoc County early today, causing officials to once again close a detour road between Ada and Fittstown because of flooding.

The detour, along State Highway 99, had just reopened Tuesday after flash floods closed the road Monday when six inches of rain pounded the area. District 3 Pontotoc County Commissioner Winfred Wood said officials were forced to close the route again early today.

“We knew it wasn’t going to take much (rain), and it didn’t,” Wood said of the rain that caused today’s second closure. “We figure we got about two inches this morning, maybe more. That means we’ve had about eight inches of rain in two days, and that’s just too much for this little low-water crossing to handle.”

Forecasters are calling for a break for several days, with temperatures expected to reach into the low to mid-90s through the weekend, with only a slight change of storms after this morning. Wood said he was cautious about hoping for drier weather after last summer’s drought, but needed a dry spell so workers could repair the damage from this week’s storms.

“I was talking to somebody yesterday, and joked that I hated to pray for the rain to stop,” Wood said. “But, at this point, at least for this week, we sure need it to slow down just a little.

Wood also was forced to close a bridge along CR3520, west of Fittstown, because of severe damage caused by Monday’s storm.

“We had that bridge on the schedule to be replaced next year,” Wood said. But it’s not going to make it. There’s just too much damage, and it’s not safe at all.”

Wood said he was promised by Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials that the CR3520 bridge would be made a top priority.

“They assured me that we could get it done as quickly as possible,” Wood said.

He said repairing the bridge was simply not an option at this point.

“It’s a bridge that was needing to be replaced because of age and use,” Wood said. “Now, the damage is so severe that it would cost just as much, or more, to repair it as it’s going to cost to replace it.”

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