Rainfall Totals Over 11 Inches In 24-Hours
TEAGUE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT members Lieutenant Keih Missildine and Captain Matt Robinson responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning, October 31st concerning a driver stranded in high water at the Hwy. 84 underpass. One of the firemen can be seen as he wades chest deep to assist the driver of an 18-wheeler that became stranded in the high water during the heavy rainfall. A vehicle was also found totally submerged in the water at the underpass.
The excessive rainfall recently has saturated the ground and made flooding likely with more rain in the forecast for the near future. According to Al Roker, Meteorologist for NBC?s nationally broadcast The Today Show, Teague received 11 inches of rain in the 24-hour period of October 30th and 31st.
Doyle VanWinkle of Teague concurred stating that they received 11.25 inches on N. 10th Ave., although there were others reporting 12 and 13 inches.
The first call for help received by the TVFD was at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday evening. Turtle Creek on Mimosa Drive was overflowing causing flooding in the area and in the Sims residence next to the creek. The TVFD and TPD helped the Sims evacuate their home which had approximatley two feet of water in the house. The TVFD was then called to a vehicle stranded in front of the high school in a ditch. After helping the stranded motorist, firemen rode around to known trouble spots to make sure there were no people in trouble.
At 1:30 a.m. an 18-wheeler and driver delivering for Sam?s (Walmart) had to be rescued when it flooded out at the railroad underpass on Highway 84. Thanks to the fine work of the Volunteer Firemen and Teague Police Department the truck and driver were retrieved from the rising water unharmed. While extracting the 18-wheeler from the flooded overpass, another vehicle was discovered totally submerged in the water.
At 4:00 a.m., firemen were called out once again to help a woman and her pets get out of their home at Gate 5 on the Club Lake. They had been out from 11:15 p.m. until 6:30 a.m. ?We are happy to report that no one was injured,? said TVFD fireman Bryan Teer.
According to TxDot Public Information Officer, Bobby Colwell, flooding in Freestone County was the worst over FM-489 at Keechi Creek and FM 80 near Streetman. ?There was no major damage to roads or highways in Freestone County,? said Colwell.
Freestone County Sheriff?s Deputies and Fairfield VFD were sent to CR 536 to a bridge that had washed out and sent to help assist motorist stranded near the flooded areas of Highway 84 west of Teague. Deputies also helped at Highway 75 at FM 833 on a report of cattle drowning in the rising flood waters.
Susan Bruce of the Department of Public Safety in Freestone reported no major accidents in Freestone County during the downpours.