Some Houston-area residents still dealing with rising waters

Volunteers collapse in heat

By Erik Avanier - Reporter

BRAZORIA COUNTY, Texas - Flood waters remain high in some areas of Houston, but other areas outside the Texas city continue to see floodwaters rise.

Residents in both Richwood and Lake Jackson are dealing with floodwaters that continue to rise and cause even more damage to homes.

“Absolute devastation," Richwood resident Jeff Satsky said. "Absolute devastation."

“There’s not a home back there that doesn’t have water in it,” Richwood resident Rick Adaway said.

“It’s come up pretty high, but it’s never come in my house or up to my front yard like it has this time,” Richwood resident Bryan Dier said of previous flooding.

While some neighborhoods had voluntary evacuations, other had mandatory evacuations because flood waters were not only deep, but also had strong currents. Night patrol officers said they made sure homes were not looted in the cloak of darkness.

An officer held back tears as he spoke.

“It’s affecting my family and friends, people I work with and everybody I know,” Richwood Police Department Sgt. Kevin Munley said.

At one point Sunday morning, close to 100 volunteers were placing sandbags along a nearby highway to keep floodwaters from overtaking the roadway. It was during the labor-intensive effort in scorching heat and humidity that a woman collapsed while sandbagging. She was taken to an area hospital in unknown condition.

A Richwood city councilman who was working with volunteers at the spot where the woman collapsed, said on Saturday two other volunteers collapsed in the heat.

Officials said a city worker had to be rescued by volunteers after the worker was nearly sucked under the floodwaters by a pump.

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