WEATHERFORD (CBSDFW.COM) – Parker County has been one of the hardest hit areas by floods as the Brazos River continues to rise. More than an inch of rain fell in the area overnight.
Rain today means a bad situation could get worse. The National Guard is on standby, ready to rescue anyone who needs help. Many flooding victims chose to stay in their homes because they were afraid looters would move through if they left.
In addition to the rain, high winds in the area were a major problem. Early morning storms downed power lines and knocked over trees. Branches covered vehicles and crushed a shed at one home. Part of a roof was ripped from the back of a home, with tiles and lumber landing about 20 yards away.
Glass cut Ken Spirko’s stomach when he and his wife went to the window to look outside. “She was looking out and I pushed her back and said, ‘Don’t get by the window because…’ and boom! The tree come down through,” Spirko said. “The tree come down through the window and the glass cut me, and I had to call my son to come get me to go to the hospital.”
A tree fell on a building in an apartment complex in the 1100 block of Vine Street. The tree didn’t appear to have directly landed on top, but grazed the building. Residents had to put up plastic bags and tarps to try and keep the rain out after the tree snapped off and damaged several windows. Large, heavy limbs landed on the roof after breaking off the tree.
There are reports some residents in the complex were evacuated and sent to a shelter already open in Weatherford for Brazos River flooding victims.
The Brazos River had begun to recede yesterday morning, after cresting at about 26 feet. No word yet how high the river is today. Possum Kingdom Lake has opened two gates to release water. The Brazos River Authority said that may cause some moderate flooding in places already impacted by high water.
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