City officials step in to help with flooded homes in Whitehouse

City officials step in to help with flooded homes in Whitehouse

WHITEHOUSE, TX (KLTV) - The recent rainfall in East Texas is causing problems for homeowners in Whitehouse. At least two homes were flooded this weekend by water that appeared to come from a nearby construction site.

“I had gotten up to go get a snack, and I came back and looked out the front window and there was just red water rushing down the street," said homeowner Sam Carrell.

Saturday’s thunderstorms brought along plenty of rainfall. However, Carrell said he’s never seen anything like this before.

“So, then we went running around to check in the back to see what was going on, and the backyard was just filling up as fast as it could go," he said.

As the water quickly crept up and ventured inside his home, Carrell went into what he calls “home defense mode.”

“You know dust pan and broom, scooping up water throwing it in the bucket and throwing it out the front door as quick as we could," he said.

When the water finally slowed down, the family went outside to investigate. The so-called red river was coming from a construction site behind Carrell’s neighborhood. Once city officials were notified of the flooding, Carrell said they stepped in to help.

“They were very quick to say, ‘Oh let us come take a look,’” he said.

According to Whitehouse City Manager Aaron Smith, the storm water system for the new subdivison is not finished, which caused the runoff to flow into nearby backyards. While the developers are responsible for the property, Smith is working to fix the problem.

“So far they’ve been very active on following up, and it sounds like they’re doing everything that needs to be done at this point to make sure something like this never happens again," Carrell said.

City officials have worked with the developers to dig ditches and create temporary solutions to help the water flow stay away from other residents.

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