Walker County Residents Brave Flooded Trinity River

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

The Trinity River continues to wreak havoc on parts of Walker County. Dozens of homes are flooded and the river continues to rise.

"It seemed to be going real slow," Walker County resident Larry Bluhm said. "The last few days it came up a little bit faster."

The river is only inches from Bluhm's storage shed, but he is one of the lucky ones.

In the Green Rich Shores Subdivision, 30 to 35 houses have flooded. It hasn't kept some residents from leaving yet, but with Tuesday's downpour, only time will tell.

As rain pounded what used to be a road all was quiet in the tiny subdivision, except for some who braved the elements.
A few residents carried laundry through the flooded streets, and some used boats to get from their house to the road.

"We can't force anybody to evacuate, so we just try to give them the best information we can and let them make the decision based on that," Walker County Deputy Emergency Coordinator Charles Sturrock said.

Walker County officials knew three weeks ago that flooding would be an issue. As heavy rain pounded the Dallas area, water started flowing towards Walker County.

"It takes about 10 days to start making a trip down the Trinity River to arrive here in Walker County and that's what it and it's in full force," Sturrock said.

The river has risen two inches every eight hours and personal belongings continue to creep higher and higher.

As some make the best of a bad situation, others wait for the rain to stop and for the river to go down.

"It's a pretty bad situation," Sturrock said. "These people are enduring some real hardships here with the water."

There is good news though. Sturrock says the Trinity River is expected to crest by noon Tuesday at 137.6 feet.
However, it will take a week before the water level returns to normal.


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