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6/16/07-Longview

Rain Floods East Texas Roadways

Driving rain created flash floods,  trapping some motorists for hours, and closing numerous roadways in Gregg and Upshur counties.  As ponds, lakes and creeks bulged over the banks from the rain, dozens of roadways were over-run with flash flooding in Gregg and Upshur counties.

"And this is like something from the news.  Never drive through this so we're not going to risk it," said Plano motorist Lisa Shumacher.

On McCormick Rd. near Gladewater two cars were swept away by rushing water.  Both drivers escaping unharmed. Highway 135 between the interstate and Gladewater was shut down.

"This is the worst that I've ever seen in the Gladewater area and I've lived here all my life," said motorist Donald Surlock.

Another driver was swamped on Highway 80 near Big Sandy, with the passing Surlock pulling the car to safety.

"I got on through there and pulled him out and then all the rescue units showed up and shut the road down," Surlock said.

At one point the water was rushing from White Oak creek over the road about two feet high and there concerns were somebody was going to get swept away.  In the same spot, as motorists stopped for one flooded area, another section behind them flooded out leaving them trapped with nowhere to turn off.

"We have no alternatives we don't want to risk going through the back roads," said Shumacher.  

The relentless rain continued to make travel dangerous.  "Everybody coming down the highway certainly need to be careful.  The lower riding cars, we've already had one get swept away we got him fished out if you hit this water going fast it's going to sweep you right away," said Clarksville fire chief Ricky Wallace.

The National Weather Service reported that 60 percent of the county roads in Upshur county were flooded out today.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting.  bhallmark@kltv.com.

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