It seems everyone has their own storm story after a flood. Sunday people across East Texas dealt with damages to homes, businesses, and cars. It was a flood many said they didn’t see coming, but for others story damage had become all too common.
Like so many, this Sunday morning started off just like normal.
“Had just went out and picked up my wet paper and all of the sudden I heard this terrible noise,” said Kathy Parker, a Tyler resident.
A tree had crashed into Parker's backyard. It’s a problem she says she has feared ever since she moved in.
“Whenever we have a one inch or two inch rain in a time frame of, say, an hour, or an hour and a half, we get, this creek right here, it runs bank to bank,” she explained pointing the wide creek bed behind her home.
A picture taken from early afternoon shows what looks like a river in place of that creek. By just a few hours later it had all subsided.
Some cities saw more than five inches of rainfall and many East Texans weren’t prepared for the damage those five inches could do.
“I got an alert that said we were under a flash flood warning and then I drove up through here and the water was up all the way to the road here,” Cary Nix, Smith County Commissioner, happened to be doing a different job today. He was cleaning up stray hay bales.
“I was sitting up here watching them and they were just floating down the road. I said there goes $10. There goes $10. There goes $10. But, anyway, we’re going to salvage them,” he said.
His granddaughter managed to find some fun splashing in the puddles while helping her grandfather work. But, just up the road, a visible water line was apparent where water had once covered the parking lot at Hill Creek Church.
“Came back to the whole parking lot, the church, and the car being under water,” Pastor James Perrman, said as he looked at his totaled car.
He left his car in the parking lot to go to lunch, thinking it would be safe.
“We said, ‘you want to move the car out?’ And we said ‘no, we’re up in the parking lot, the parking lot never floods.’ You know, we’ve had the creek rise quite a bit,” Perrman said, but, like many he never expected the water to get so high.
“Well, you know, East Texas knows that the weather will change three times in a day so I think we know things just come, but I don’t think we were ready for this, this morning, no,” Perrman admitted.
But, he said, that’s just how life goes, and you never know what a day will bring.
The inside of that church was not damaged and all three East Texans said though there is some cleaning up to do once the storm passes, they are grateful no lives were lost.
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