VENUS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Intense rains pummeled parts of North Texas Saturday night, causing a rash of flash floods that left many Johnson County residents scared and stranded.
Bill and Tracy Kastel of Venus were one of many Johnson County high water rescues Sunday morning.
The couple woke up to a loud noise and found their home of twenty years engulfed by a raging current of water. Unable to escape, authorities made a failed try to send in an inflatable boat. The couple waited nervously on their front porch as a remote controlled helicopter attached a safety rope; but after several unsuccessful attempts to reach them, the rescue team from Joshua also gave up.
Finally, a Texas National Guard helicopter was called in to pull Bill and Tracey to safety.
Flash flooding appeared during the night, which authorities say made the situation even more dangerous. Over six inches of rain made major roads impassable.
Water receded later in the day without any known injuries or deaths, despite several close calls.
According to the National Weather Service, the Dallas-Fort Worth area alone received between 3 to 5 inches of rain Saturday night; total rainfall is running about 5 inches above normal for this time of year.
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