The Lewisville Fire Department has been busy since last night watching low-lying areas prone to flooding, and dealing with flooding today non-stop from the early morning hours. Southern Denton County has taken on a lot of rain from the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine.
Timber Creek, Denton Creek, and other area creeks jumped their banks today, causing problems and some damage around town.
Lewisville Fire Chief Rick Lasky said that although Carrollton FD's Swift Water Rescue unit was on-hand, most of what was going on was helping people get to dry land, but not so much in a rescue capacity. Lasky said that dispatch had done a tremendous job handling all the calls for service.
Some homes along Timber Creek in the Timber Creek subdivision and along South Valley Parkway had several feet of water in them, which quickly subsided. One resident showed us where the high-water line crossed his driveway and said it corresponded with the 100 year floodplain. Timber Creek could still be seen rushing furiously through the back yards of the homes this afternoon.
Assistant Chief Steve Carter said that approximately 10 homes along Timber Creek with 30 residents were affected. Carter said that although the Red Cross was on hand for assistance, none of the residents had requested it yet. Carter did say that two residents later accepted vouchers for a one-night stay at Lewisville hotels.
Although the areas affected were common flood-prone areas, nobody we talked to could remember floods of this magnitude. Carter has been in Lewisville for many years, and recalls making rescues along the area of Timber Creek where the homes were flooded, but said that he couldn't remember seeing the water that high before.
Other issues around Lewisville:
- There was some flooding off of ACE lane near Denton Creek.
- Water came up across I-35E through Lewisville, near the U-Haul store, prompting a temporary shutdown of some South-bound lanes
- There was flooding in a mobile home park on Holford's Prarie, where water rose over the entrance and exit to the park and LFD assisted some residents in getting out of the area.
- A car got stuck in a creek
- City Hall's basement flooded, and shut down early today for repairs
- Central Park was inundated with water, as Timber Creek jumped its banks. City workers there said that newly planted grass was lost. A canoeist could be seen paddling through the park. (We'll post the video later)
- A church took on water.
Elsewhere, Flower Mound had a lot of street closures, and Lewisville ISD cancelled Homecoming festivities for Marcus High School tonight.