- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The impacts of Tropical Storm Bill continue to be felt in Oklahoma, with a number of roadways still flooded.

Transportation department spokeswoman Terri Angier said more than two dozen roads and bridges have been closed or narrowed due to flooding. Angier said it’s hard to tell how extensive the damage has been to roads because many are still under water.

The Roosevelt Bridge was shut down Saturday after floodwater covered the road, The Oklahoman (https://bit.ly/1FyZzOa ) reported. The span, which carries U.S. 70 traffic over Lake Texoma, remained barred off to motorists Monday and its closure was the second in recent weeks.

State Highway 78 in Bryan County was closed because of high water and severe damage to the road leading up to a bridge.

Angier said a section of the highway has a “huge crater” in the middle of it and that it will likely take “much longer than a matter of days” to repair the damage. She said that water is a main culprit behind road damage because it gets under the pavement and causes it to come apart.

Angier said crews and officials with the transportation department aren’t sure how long the flooded roads and bridges will remain closed.

“It’s really hard to know, and there’s no way of telling,” she said.

Kelly Stovall, a frequent visitor to Lake Texoma, said that the usual vacationers seen jogging, biking and in their boats on the lake have disappeared.

Flooding from the storm has caused some businesses in the area to close for the summer and could continue to affect them for the rest of the year, said Lake Texoma real estate agent Shawn Stovall.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, https://www.newsok.com

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