Arkansas River

New members appointed to drainage committee


After a few appointments and several reappointments, made by Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith, the Tulsa County Drainage District 12 Advisory Board Members are now Todd Kilpatrick, Mike Lutrell, Wayne Hamilton, E. Bruce Ford, Mark Manahan, Mark Liotta, Montie Box, and Rick Tallent.

“It’s a new day at the levee, and we wanted to get some new blood and new faces,” said Keith.  “Now we have some fresh eyes on the issues impacting the levee and they can help get everyone newly and more engaged in the process.”

Approximately 50,000 people live in the floodplain and an estimated 25,000 work there.  These homes and jobs are in Tulsa’s Arkansas River flood risk area, along with several other critical facilities, hazardous chemicals and operations, schools, churches, railroads, and much more.  The main priority and responsibility of Drainage District 12 is to maintain the levees that protect Sand Springs and Tulsa, keeping the floodplain safe.

“We’re really excited to have this group of people.  Many are returning board members, which is great because they have experience and knowledge,” said Keith.  “They are going to be a great team.”


By Sarah Moody of the Tulsa County News

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