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Trash clogs up a drain in downtown Edmond during a recent rain. Photo by Eriech Tapia, for The Oklahoman
Trash clogs up a drain in downtown Edmond during a recent rain. Photo by Eriech Tapia, for The Oklahoman

Edmond is about to get started with a drainage project that could take up to five months to complete and also disrupt traffic at some times of the day in its downtown. The project is intended to ease flooding problems in the area. 

EDMOND — Downtown Edmond will become a five-month construction zone with lane closures and torn up streets when crews begin work May 21 on a new drainage project.

Construction will allow for new drain lines to be installed, along with a streetscape that will include new sidewalks and trees on Edwards Street.

During heavy rains, many storefronts and streets flood, causing costly cleanup for local businesses such as Native Summit.

John James, owner of Native Summit, said his store has flooded nine times during the nine and a half years its been open.

“It is crazy to me,” James said. “I don't have complete confidence the problem will go away.”

More here. 

Transient dies in the Oklahoma County Jail

Over the last three decades, Clark Houston Streetman has been locked up in the Oklahoma County jail 38 times, records show.

The final time came Saturday afternoon when Oklahoma City police booked him in for a public intoxication offense.

He died Sunday night at a hospital after cellmates reported to the jail staff he would not wake up, a sheriff's spokesman said. An investigation is underway.

Streetman, 50, is listed in jail records as a transient and sheriff investigators are seeking the public's help in finding his family.

More here.

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Matt Patterson

Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun.... Read more ›

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