Storms roll across OklahomaBy Cass Rains, Staff Writer
"One highway in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma 8, will remain closed for about a month as repairs are made. Flooding caused a bridge between Cleo Springs and Aline to collapse."
And that's all that was reported.
Don't look so bad does it. Except that drop you see is 18 inches. So in the wee hours of Wednesday A.M. when a car coming from down the highway at a goodly rate of speed ran off the edge it blew out all of its tires and caused it to crash.
Here's what it looks like from the side.
Now there is a bunch of water rolling through this stream. Really there is, it is all going UNDER the bidge's structure. Also note that the water scoured out the soil on the outside of the bridge structure at the North end.
So it was just hollowed out from underneath, and also from the North end.
So there just wasn't anything keeping the bridge up.
Now did this take a while? Well in the third picture above note that the farmer had already built a new fence up from the scour, before the collapse.
So you guys in the cities, don't begrudge these rural roads some of the stimulus money. That is if you want your bread, milk, and beef to get to you.