Flooding strands some residents, closes roads

The low-water bridge at the entrance to the Paluxy Estates neighborhood was inundated by flood waters. Photo by Terri Devona Allen-Murphy

The low-water bridge at the entrance to the Paluxy Estates neighborhood was inundated by flood waters. Photo by Terri Devona Allen-Murphy

By Kathryn Jones

Editor

Torrential rains dumped 7 to 9 inches of rain on Somervell County Sunday over the course of about six hours, stranding some residents on their properties, flooding the Paluxy and Brazos rivers and sending water into some homes.

The Somervell County Sheriff’s Office dispatched officers throughout the county to answer calls and check on flooded areas and roads. Barriers were placed in the middle of some roads covered by high water.

A call by the Glen Rose Current was not immediately returned because officers were out on duty. We will update this story as more information becomes available from the sheriff’s office.

The rain began falling Sunday morning, much to the delight of many residents who said they were happy to see their stock tanks filling up and water soaking into parched lawns and gardens. The National Weather Service issued a hazardous weather outlook, which predicted showers and thunderstorms with possible heavy rains in some areas.

But the glee at the sight of showers turned into anxiety for many. A thunderstorm cell hovering over the county dumped so much rain so quickly that rivers and creeks began flooding and water began surging onto county roads and State Highway 144.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth at 3 p.m. issued a flash flood warning for Somervell and Bosque counties, effective until 5 p.m.

Motorists reported flooding on Highway 144 near Squaw Valley Golf Course and between Glen Rose and Walnut Springs, where small creeks and draws turned into raging torrents.

County Road 2008 was closed at one low area where several feet of rushing water covered the pavement.

In nearby Hood County, a resident was rescued from floodwaters and other high-water rescue attempts were ongoing this afternoon, mainly in northeast Hood County, the Hood County News reported. All fire units in the county were on standby for flood rescue.

Social media, especially Facebook, turned into a clearinghouse for information about the flooding as Somervell County residents posted photos – many of which the Current shared on its Facebook page – and reported road conditions. See the photos at https://www.facebook.com/GlenRoseCurrent.

At 11:24 a.m., Ken Prikryl, who lives on Barnard Street not far from Big Rocks Park, emailed photos of the Paluxy outside its banks and water pouring down the sides of boulders along Barnard Street.

“It does so rain in Glen Rose!” he said.

About the same time, Terri Devona Allen-Murphy posted dramatic pictures on Facebook of the low-water bridge that leads into the Paluxy Estates neighborhood.

Her first series of photos showed the road covered by water. Her second series, posted several hours later, showed the bridge and low-water crossing inundated and water rushing so fast it created churning whitewater where a normally placid stream trickled.

Other residents reported county roads covered with water from bar ditches or stock tanks overflowing. Several posted on Facebook that they could not get out of their properties.

Teresa Sutter’s property along County Road 419 in Nemo was flooded with water running down her driveway. Her yard looked like a lake.

Angie Woolard reported water was coming into her house.

“Can’t get out of our neighborhood,” she posted on Facebook. “Rain is still pouring….”

Louann Nichols Maynard posted a video of her property just south of town off Highway 144. Her driveway and a small stream looked like surging rivers.

“I have never seen this much rain and we’ve been here almost six years,” she said in her voiceover. “This is crazy, crazy. That is a small stream that we have that looks really large now. There’s the exit to the road, which is totally under water. I don’t even know if we’ll have a road left there. That is craziness.”

Billie Williams Kinnard posted that she had to take three different routes from a pharmacy in Glen Rose to get to her home on the county’s west side.

A little after 5 p.m., Phyllis Vaughn reported that FM 56 South was flooded between Eulogy and Kopperl in several locations.

Sunday’s rainfall was the most Somervell County has received at one time this year.

At about 1:55 p.m., the live weather station at Wheeler Branch Reservoir recorded 4.33 inches of rain within the past 24 hours. A half hour later, it was up 4.89 inches, then 5.95 inches and 6.73 inches by 4 p.m.

However, residents in Rainbow and Nemo reported rainfall totals of at least 9 inches by mid-afternoon.

As of this writing, more rain is coming down and the National Weather Center forecasts a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms tonight, mainly before 7 p.m. “Some of the storms could produce heavy rain,” the center said.

A chance of showers and thunderstorms remains in the forecast through Thursday.

 

 

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