JOHNSON COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Morning floodwaters in Johnson County were so powerful our photographer witnessed a car being washed completely off the roadway and into waist deep water. Rising high water also meant the emergency rescue of dozens of families in Cleburne.
By late morning high water in downtown Cleburne was receding quickly.
Rushing water at Buffalo Creek was one of the biggest concerns in the area. Overnight, water from the creek went over a bridge and covered Business 67. Rescue crews had to shut down part of the road after another car became stuck. The driver said his car stalled when he tried to go through the high water.
Water from the creek also rushed into several neighborhoods. The Cleburne Fire Department and Texas National Guard used a military-style transport vehicle to rescue some 24 families from flooded streets. Worried about severe weather emergencies, officials with the State sent the National Guard to the area earlier this week.
Some homeowners said high water reached their front yards and barely missed their homes. Cleburne resident Reba Stephens said, “I’ve been out on the porch sitting with my dogs and I said ‘Lord you always let it recede and it starts to recede fast, so just let it recede.’ So anyways, He has.”
Resident Mavis Vryan looked at the rain and flooding as a kind of glass half full situation. “I’ve seen it before. We are not in control of it. I’m thankful my family is okay, and I’m okay, and the neighbors are okay. We are just blessed.”
At one point there were so many roads closed in Johnson County that crews ran out of barricades. One County Commissioner spent the morning driving around trying to warn people and make sure they didn’t drive onto roads with water.
Floodwaters knocked out power to businesses and residents across Cleburne. Officials there say it could be 2 p.m. or later before crews are able to get the power back on.
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