The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

Local Scene

November 1, 2013

Heavy rains lead to flooding in county



Two Palestine PD officers responded, as well as the Tucker VFD.

“The VFD did locate her. At the time of the call she was unable to get out of the car and the car was taking on water. They were able to extract her from the vehicle without incident,” Wells said.

Around 4 a.m., Wells got in contact with the Texas Department of Public Safety crews to shut down FM 645 with city police blocking the roadway from the safest point on the city side and Tennessee Colony VFD shutting it down on the county side to FM 321 and FM 645.

“There were delays due to the weather, no doubt about that,” Wells said.

The heaviest rain cleared out of Palestine and Anderson County by 7 to 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The NWS had extended the flash flood warning until 9:30 a.m. Thursday to allow for runoffs due to continuing rains in town and in the county.

“Everyone did a great job working together,” Anderson County Emergency Management Coordinator Tammy Lightfoot said.

Anderson County officials did a Code Red announcement about the flooded roadways at 7 a.m.

“This was just a warning to be cautious for flooded roads,” Anderson County Sheriff Greg Taylor said. “We did have some accidents, some stuck vehicles and several parts of many roads in numerous parts of the county were flooded out. Most of that has receded.”

Taylor gave kudos to everyone who helped keep motorists safe during the downpour.

“The dispatchers were bombarded with calls but overall it was handled well,” Taylor said. “That's th e most rain we've seen around here in a long time. I hate that it all came down at once, but I thank God that we did get some rain.”

A few people did get stranded in the high water but there were no injuries reported.

“If you can't see the road, don't drive across it. The road could have washed out completely and you wouldn't know it,” Taylor said.

Tucker VFD Fire Chief Rick Sparks said it was “kind of spooky in the middle of the night, especially with the road construction.”

“If you can't see the bottom, don't drive through it,” Sparks reminded the public.

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