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Another Storm Hits Smith County

Roads were flooded and hundreds of people lost power. When many East Texans walked out of church Sunday morning down came the rain.

"It didn't rain when I woke up, but whenever I got out of church it started to rain," said Tyler resident Curtis Smith.  The storm sat over Smith County for about an hour.  It left behind inches in an already saturated ground. 

"I thought it was going to come, another big flood," said Curtis.

"The water was rising over the little bridges," said Tyler Police Sergeant Bill Goecking.  Intersections flooded and all police could do was watch as the water rose.  In Tyler off Glenwood Street, police had to direct traffic, and the Fire Department had to rescue someone from their car.  After the rain stopped, mud was everywhere and several trees came tumbling down.  One of those trees fell in south Tyler on Sequoia Street.  Neighbors say they heard a loud crash hours after the rain had passed.

"If somebody notices a tree that used to be vertical, or at an angle, monitor that for us," said Goecking.  "Especially, if it going to fall over a street or power lines."  Even after the water receded, it came back up from below the street, showing East Texas can't handle any more rain.

"Texas is last on the list for God's prayers," said Curtis.  "All the prayers about rain finally caught up to him."

Sunday afternoon, a broken valve in south Tyler caused many fire hydrants to spew.  Many people in the Broadway, Old Jacksonville and Rice Road area experienced low water pressure for a few hours.  The problem has since been restored.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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