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Flash Flooding Cause For Concern In Arlington

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ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Two parents endured a frightening ordeal Friday morning when high waters quickly rose, covering the roads they were driving on. It was a surprise for many. Four people were rescued from a swollen Bowman Branch Creek near Mansfield Timberview High. The low water crossing is right in the middle of a neighborhood.

“Every time it rains this happens,” says Dean Stephenson who has lived along Webb Ferrell for 11 years “It’s frustrating!  I’m tearing up now; somebody is going to die here if they don’t fix this.”

Stephenson says he has seen it one too many times and this morning once it started raining,  water covered Webb Ferrell swallowing car after car.

“It’s life — it’s human life… I’m sorry,” says Stephenson as he wipes away his tears while talking about his concerns “There should be some signs or automatic gate… something before somebody dies.”

He says he’s the one who normally puts out some barricades left on the side of the road by the City of Arlington.
Early Friday morning he didn’t put out the barricades and neither did the city. Two cars with children inside were swept away by the rushing creek water. Willis Henson’s wife and daughter were in one of the cars.

“Her car? You can’t see her car. Her car is down the river somewhere,” describes Willis as he picks up his wife and daughter.

He says the two were clinging to trees waiting for help. Rescue crews extended the ladder out to help a different mother and daughter waiting on top of their car.

“It is very deceiving,” says Lt. Kevin Seeton with Arlington Fire Rescue. “I can see where some people might especially if you don’t know the area very well.”

A city spokesperson says crews did not come out to the area and put out the barricades because there were no concerned calls from homeowners.

The spokesperson says the city wants to work with residents and put up some warning signs along the road, but that could take a few weeks.

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