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Waco repairing flood damages

POSTED: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 2:32pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- People in Waco are left cleaning up the mess now after severe thunderstorms rolled through bringing more than half a foot of rain in some areas.

"You can see from the creek behind us, we would've been in about 3-4 feet of water standing here maybe 3-4 hours ago," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Waco P.D.

This morning I-35 near Hillcrest Hospital was under 4-5 feet of water and had to be shut down for several hours.

Between midnight and 6 a.m. officers responded to 80 flood-related reports.

"Calls of cars being flooded in low-lying areas, cars being swept off of a some of the creeks, we had street flooding -- pretty significant damage in some areas," said Swanton. 

Fortunately those in the vehicles that were swept away by flooding were not injured but the threat isn't over yet.

"It's imperative that people understand the power of flowing water and don't drive through this. we say it and preach it everytime we get high water events but it's inevitable somebody's gonna tempt fate," said Swanton.

Now the city is working to repair the damages.

"We're just trying to keep people off the damaged areas, areas that may not be safe to travel across. Obviously there's going to have to be some cleanup, fence repair. So they'll have to come in and repair some of the damage that's occurred due to the flooding," said Swanton.

More than 900 Oncor customers lost power during the night and dozens of traffic lights are flashing or completely out.
 

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