Rising waters making East Texas community nervous

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Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An area that has really been hit hard by too much rain is the Lake o' the Pines area. It's about 30 miles north of Longview. The people who live near the lake are nervously watching the water level this evening. Especially one East Texan.

Kevin Carrig has a beautiful home on Lake o' the Pines with a view of the lake. Unfortunately, that view is now surrounding his house.

"I'm serious," said Carrig. "If we didn't laugh we'd be crying right now. I've got a lot at stake here and I may end up moving to the barn."

His front yard is now in some places 10 feet underwater. The water is already under Carrig's house. As the water rises he has seen a lot of his property go floating down the lake.

"The integrity of the house, we'll lose that," said Carrig. "It'll have to be a start over from the base."

And, Carrig has already put thousands of dollars into rebuilding the home.

"If we have to we'll put everything valuable high and dry up in the barn," said Carrig. "I keep hoping the the good Lord will shut the water off and the corps will open the gates up that's the best I can hope for."

Carrig got more bad news when his insurance company told him he isn't covered for flooding.

"Financially, it's just a struggle, and then to have this hit us...I don't know," he said. "I'm not the only one in this situation. There's other people I've visited with that lost their docks."

All he can do now is wait and do a little fishing off his back porch.

We've learned the Army Corp of Engineers will drain some water from the lake to help keep it from flooding. But, no word, yet, on when they will do that.

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