By Elizabeth Dinh


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COPPELL (CBSDFW.COM) – Homeowners in Coppell are bracing for flooding on Friday, and the city’s emergency management office is meeting to discuss the next course of action. While the rain is mostly gone, water levels at nearby Lake Grapevine, Denton Creek and the Elm Fork of the Trinity River continue to creep higher.

The water was visibly flowing southbound along Deforest Road on Friday morning, and a fish was even seen swimming in the flooded front yard of a home. Access to Deforest Road has since been blocked entirely.

According to a fire official in Coppell, the water was only covering a small part of the driveways in this neighborhood on Thursday. By early Friday morning, entire yards were under water.

Coppell officials warned about 500 residents in the northeastern part of the city that this could happen, and even urged them to move valuables to higher ground before going to sleep on Thursday night.

And this might not even be the worst of the flooding. The water level could continue to rise throughout Friday and into the weekend.

“Your heart goes out to them,” said Mark Barron, who lives nearby. “Hopefully it doesn’t rise. Literally, it’s another five feet and it’s in their home.”

The city’s Office of Emergency Management is meeting with state and federal agencies on Friday to decide if any more alerts are needed. A spokeswoman for Coppell said that sandbags are not being given out, but warnings have been sent to people on social media websites and through flyers.

“Incredibly unusual,” said Sharon Logan, information officer for Coppell. “We’ve got employees that have been here 25 years or more, and they’ve never seen this type of flooding occur within the city.”