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COPPELL (CBS11) – Many Coppell homeowners spent Friday preparing for possible flooding, as water creeps closer from Denton Creek toward homes.

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City officials notified about 500 households on Thursday to prepare for possible flooding. The creek, which runs behind residential neighborhoods, is still taking in water from an overflowing Lake Grapevine. A spokesperson for Coppell says of those 500 homes, only a small percentage is at risk for taking on water.

“Normally, if you look back there it’s about 40 feet deep,” said Sujit Bhattacharya, pointing out the creek behind his house.

The Bhattacharya’s placed plastic trash bags and Ziplocs around the legs of furniture. They lined the exterior of the back of the house with sandbags and tarps.

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The creek is a few feet from elevating to the same height as their backyard.

The Army Corps of Engineers expects Lake Grapevine to crest at 563.2 feet, around midnight Friday.

“If it comes closer we’ll move a few more things up and just do our best to keep all our possessions safe. We’re really happy it’s not a bad storm and that we’re concerned about people’s personal safety,” said Melissa Raetzman.

Deforest Road remains closed in Coppell, due to flooding over the road and into yards.

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