Flood-Affected Residents Begin Returning Home

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WEATHERFORD, Texas - Residents of some housing developments in Parker County are being allowed back into their homes.

But officials still continue to urge residents to not drive or wade into water. They say both cars and people can easily be swept away.

Storms that have claimed 11 lives since last week in North and Central Texas. But some in Parker County ignored the evacuations ordered for about two-thousand residents near the Brazos River.

Large portions of North Texas remained under a flash flood watch Friday afternoon. The rains had tapered off and become more isolated, but the National Weather Service says storms could cluster and create a more widespread threat of flooding.

Some 20 miles south of Weatherford, rescuers used a boat to get four children out of a house, although their grandparents chose to stay.

- President Bush Friday declared a major disaster in six Texas counties struck by storms and flooding. The declaration makes Cooke, Coryell, Denton, Grayson, Lampasas, and Tarrant eligible for federal aid.

- Hair and nail salons and barber shops who get their water from Marble Falls will have to stop primping customers for now. The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation says the shops will have to stop providing services until the water supply has been deemed safe.

Many in the 7,200-resident town remained without running water after flash floods damaged the city's water treatment plant. Bottled water brought in by state emergency workers was available.