Streets, Yards Flooded in Wake of Storm

Flash Flood Leaves Residents Stranded in Kaufman County

The storm that moved through Kaufman County early Thursday morning dropped more than a foot of water in a matter of hours, stranding some residents.

The morning flash flood swamped several cars, trucks and buildings.

"My boss called me and told me don't even come in because 198 is closed up and like waist deep and that's the way I have to go to work," said resident Steve Snidle.

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The rain flooded streets, yards, and driveways. Water was even seen shooting out of the sewers in one neighborhood. Across town, another drainage hole looked more like a cyclone, leaving neighbors in awe.

"There’s so much water it just looks like a hurricane going down the side of the thing over there," said Snidle.

One motorist was stranded in high water, but he made it out OK. No injuries were reported.

Workers said the water was waist deep at Muirhead Trucking on Highway 175.

"One of my drivers called me about 6:30 and said, 'You need to come out to the shop,' and it was literally a lake, a lake," said owner Greg Muirhead.

His employees spent the day drying out equipment and trying to clean mud from the building.

"We're all like family up here, so it's kind of devastating to see it," employee Curtis Preston said.

Across town, the Mabank Feed Store suffered a leaky roof during the height of the storm that flooded a back room of the store but did not spoil the merchandise.

"When feed typically gets wet, it's no good after that so, that's a major deal with feed," said employee Kevin Teague. "So, luckily, nothing really happened that ruined it. It was just really a mess, that's all."

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