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Granbury Recovers After Rain & Flooding

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GRANBURY (CBSDFW.COM) - The National Weather Service will be in Granbury on Monday to survey the effects of heavy rainfall. The wet weather on Sunday flooded streets, damaged homes and left some Hood County residents in need of rescue. About eight inches of rain fell in the area over just a matter of hours.

That rainfall stranded dozens of people in the Quail Ridge neighborhood. The normally dry creek bed flooded the only street that leads out of the subdivision. Several people had to be rescued by boat.

Alex Amador was one of the first people to return to the neighborhood, when the water was still waist-deep. He and another person used rope to move around safely. Amador was looking for a pet dog that belongs to his grandparents. “I had to break through the window, crawl through the window,” he said. “I couldn’t find the dog first. Got scared and thought it was gone.” Amador eventually found the dog safe on a bed.

Many other homeowners were not able to get back to their homes until late Sunday night. And even then, the full impact of the storms could not be seen until the sun started to rise on Monday.

The water has receeded, but the creek level is still higher than usual. Now, most homeowners just want to get their lives back to normal.

Damage in the subdivision is extensive. Decks have been destroyed. Homes have been cracked and even pushed off of their foundations.

“We never anticipated we would have a flood,” said resident Sam Birkner.

Mark Swan and his wife were out of town when a neighbor sent them a picture of their house. By the time that they finally returned, flood waters had crushed their pool, dislodged their hot tub and ruined their carpet. When they built their home — 14 years ago — the Swans were told that it would never flood like this. “It would never flood. We did have a 200-year event several years ago, and it didn’t,” Mark Swan said. “So, I thought this would never happen here. Never say never.”

Amador said that his grandparents have decided it is time to move.

The rain did boost the lake level by five feet, however, it would still take another five rains of equal amounts for Lake Granbury to get back to its normal level.

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