Rescue boats staged in the event of more flash flooding

Rescue boats from "Texas Task Force One" are staged and ready to go in Navarro County in the event tonight's storms cause more flash flooding.

It's an area that consistently floods during these rain events.

Jim Greene is hoping beyond hope that the 4 streams and tributaries that all meet on his Navarro County property won't rise up and swallow his home.

"We had 5 inches between yesterday and this morning and it was up to the top of the bank we have water that gushes here course we have about a 6 or 7 foot drop from the county road up there through the pasture,” said Greene.

Greene and others in and around Corsicana are bracing for another night of rain and flooding.

Navarro County in some parts had 8 inches of rain.

Lake Mexia in Limestone County was experiencing near-record flooding Wednesday due to many days of heavy rain.

The lake, which is about an hour and a half south of the Dallas-Fort Worth, is swollen. About 150 people who live on the lake voluntarily evacuated on Wednesday.

Lake Mexia was at its highest level since 1979 – more than 450 feet. Water from the lake was being discharged over a spillway.

The state's expert firefighter group, Texas Task Force 1, was called in to help local fire departments with water rescues. Firefighters safely rescued 12 people from high water and no one was hurt.

“Most of the people want to stay there but we evacuated a total of eight,” said Kevin Dramus, Texas Task Force 1. “We assisted the locals with evacuations and they probably evacuated a few more.”

The American Red Cross has set up a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Mexia for those who have no place to stay.

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