Texas City residents deal with rising water in homes
TEXAS CITY, Texas – Flooding in Texas City caused problems for drivers, students and homeowners Tuesday morning.
“It’s like I live in that groundhog movie, when you wake up and the same thing happens over and over. It’s just ridiculous,” Vicky Heath said.
Heath has lived on Edward Street near Pecan Drive in Texas City since she was 7 years old.
“A year ago, Harvey hit us and I just had the house all redone, and it’s flooded all over again, so it’s just good money going to bad,” Heath said.
A street over, neighbors on high ground brought out their kayaks.
"We just kind of had fun with it. We were able to go through the back -- into the neighbor's yard, all the way until the street with the kayaks, so we were picking up floating debris," Kathy White said.
Texas City Independent School District and the College of the Mainland canceled classes for the day. The college's administration and students services building had 1-3 inches of water, according to school officials.
"We're ripping out the carpet, assessing the damages. We're relocating folks for the next couple of days while we take care of the damage here," said Warren Nichols, College of the Mainland president.
Water surrounded the Emken-Linton Funeral Home, which was forced to move an event in remembrance of Sept. 11, 2001, to the police station.
Drivers became stranded along the Emmett F. Lowry Expressway.
“My car is low to the ground. There’s no way I’m taking my car through it,” Tonya Creel said.
Channel 2 photojournalist Damon Sales spotted a driver whose truck stalled in high water and carried her out to safety.
“That was like a godsend. I felt relieved when I saw somebody. I was, like, ‘Oh my God. Thank you,’” said driver Dessiree Batista.
Texas City ISD officials said they're watching weather conditions but students should assume classes are back in session on on Wednesday.
The College of the Mainland said its president will make a decision about Wednesday later on Tuesday.
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