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7/15/07-Longview

White Oak Area Still Flooded

It's day two after an East Texas community fills with water for the third time this month.  Several roads are under water making it very difficult for residents to clean out their flooded homes.  The area hit the hardest is a section of River Road in White Oak, which Sunday night looked more like a river than a road.  Only down a few inches Sunday from the day before, the Sabine overflow has isolated dozens of homes along the road.

"Just the peoples' belongings," said nearby resident Chrystal Emmel.  "It's so sad.  They have stuff down there that's probably destroyed, like that truck that's underwater.  It's a lot of money and a lot of time."  The road is flooded in seven different areas, some four feet deep, and only those with four wheel drives and some nerve, even try to get through.

"Yeah, it's difficult," said Resident Juan Molina.  "The current kind of pushes you around a little bit.  It's been up for a little bit, and it's gonna take a while to get down."  Although some had their homes on stilts, cars and other belongings have been swept away.  Residents resorted to boats and even jet ski's to get back and forth.

"It worries me for the people that live down here in this area that can get stuck," said Resident Shelly Fierros.  Many in the community came to help any way they could, curious about a little dog, that wouldn't leave the waters edge.

"It's pretty amazing," said Emmel.  "I mean it's a lot of water.  I really feel bad for the people down there."  Because many residents are unable to get to their homes, it's too early to tell exactly how much damage the flooding has done along the Sabine River.

Bob Hallmark, Reporting. bhallmark@kltv.com

 

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