‘Unimaginable’ flooding leaves dozens in shelter



Montgomery County continues to feel the impacts from Imelda as dozens of people remain in a shelter after being flooded out of their homes.

A center that opened up for Hurricane Harvey says it was a practice run for the catastrophic event this part of the county saw Thursday. By nightfall, they were over capacity with 150 people seeking help.

Friday night, they have fewer families and are working to keep everyone comfortable.

“When I got up to warm up my truck, we was already halfway underwater, my truck, the back end of my truck was already underwater,” flood evacuee Lyndwell Williams said.

After the water got into their home, a family of six was rescued by the fire department, brought to a shelter where they’re about to spend their second night.

“It’s emotional, but something we have to do because we’re safe here,” evacuee Angel Williams said. “We’re not in the house where we’re having electrical problems and nasty water in our house.”

Montgomery County Pct. 4 Commissioner James Metts was there with a load of blankets and towels, calling the flooding in his county “unimaginable.”

“This is somewhat of a catastrophic event,” Metts said. “In Harvey, you had 50-60 inches of rain in about five days. Some of these places here, we had 30 inches of rain in 24 hours.”

The rain had strangers helping strangers. The Williams’ oldest son Zackery Istre, a new member of the Army National Guard, put on his fatigues to assist in the shelter.

“I decided to help everybody else out,” Istre said. “Wasn’t worried about our situation, I was worried about everyone else.”

The family estimates they got one or two feet of water inside their home. They say they’re hoping for government aid because they were not covered under flood insurance.

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  1. Michael

    Ditto in the City of Plum Grove.

    I’ve lost everything I managed to save from the Harvey flood. This is the 4th time in just over 2 years I’ve had the Camino Real #1 subdivision flood my home with their damn storm water drainage system! That damn subdivision flooded numerous homes out here almost immediately Wednesday evening, homes not in ANY recognized or known flood plain suddenly had water flowing thru their front doors as the storm water drained instantly out of those damn subdivisions! Now, we literally have no idea what to do out here. I’m sleeping in my flood soaked house on the same air mattress I floated in Wednesday night thru Thursday morning sick beyond belief what a severe case of food poisoning I think… the house smells like sewage, and there is nothing I can do about it. 2 years of hard work trying to rebuild my flooded home all just literally went down the drain along with thousands of dollars of materials, wood flooring for my bathrooms and kitchen were still in their boxes sitting on the floor I wasn’t yet at the point of being able to install floors now they’re ruined too among everything else. Knee deep water destroys almost everything!

    To add insult to injury, I went to our city’s firehouse Thursday morning to see if there was any supplies or help only to be told that about 50 or so Hispanic families from Trey Harris’ subdivisions had already been there and cleaned the place out of all the emergency supplies at the crack of dawn! They weren’t even residents of the City of Plum Grove, but they sure came and cleaned us out in a hurry! 😐

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