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Flood Claims Begin From Tulsa Water Main Break

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Home sweet home became home "soaked" home for Mark and Sandra Rodden.

"I know if it had been my water line I'd have been responsible," says Mark Rodden.

Damages from the December 17th water main break are still being calculated by the Roddens. So far the city of Tulsa has received one claim for damages. It says homeowners can only be compensated if they can prove negligence on the part of the city.

Also lost that day...

"It was almost right up to the seat," says Linda Ross whose care was totaled.

Several cars were totaled. Fortunately for Ross she had comprehensive coverage.

"Never experienced something like that in my life," says Ross.

Water main breaks are a frequent occurrence in the city of Tulsa. We found this one off 33rd West Avenue. Often homeowners find out too late their standard policies don't cover them.

"It could run between 400 dollars a year to 2-thousand. It depends on what flood zone you're in," says Janine Morales, a State Farm Agency.

Morales also says A back up of sewer and drains is also separate coverage and not covered by your homeowners policy. The Roddens lost carpeting padding, there is damage to the furniture.

"Add it on, read your policy, cause I wouldn't have known, I just assumed and when you assume that's not good," says Sandra Rodden, whose home was flooded.

The Roddens hope to have the matter resolved with their insurance company shortly. But this is one flood they will never forget.

It's been about three weeks since the flood but for those impacted it will be several more weeks before things return to normal.

Here's something else we learned. The frequency of the earthquakes we've been having-- are also contributing to the ground's movement.

That-- combined with the drought-- creates more shifting-- and possibly more water main breaks.

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