Live blog: Flood 2007

4:49 p.m.

From the KXII Weather Center....

The Blue River is expected to rise six feet above flood stage in the coming hours. Those along the Blue River should be advised to seek higher ground.


4:22 p.m.

Pics from today's flooding....

4: 28 PM

Two dead in Grayson Co.

Grayson County Judge Drue Bynum confirms at least two fatalities in Grayson County from Monday's flooding. Details to come and will be available on First News tonight.

Patricia Beshears, 48, of Denison, was found in her vehicle about 9 a.m. this morning near Texoma Parkway underneath Highway 75. Her family had notified authorities when they learned of the flooding and that she had not reported to work

The other fatality occurred at the intersection of Highways 11 and 1417 and was confirmed by Grayson County authorities around 3:20 p.m. Information on the victim has not yet been made available.


One child dead, two others  missing in Gainesville

Police in Gainesville have confirmed they recovered the body of  a five-year old girl. It is unknown if the girl is related to the two other missing girls.

Two young girls  are missing after their family's trailer park was flooded in Gainesville. As of 2:30 p.m, crews have been unable to find the girls, who are ages 2 and 4.

Both the mother and grandmother of those girls are also missing.

Update from the Associated Press:

Cpl. Mike Linnell of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the swollen Pecan Creek swept away the trailer with the girls, ages 2 and 4, their mother and their grandmother inside.

The girls' trailer floated a short distance early Monday before
getting stuck against a bridge, then all four occupants fell out,
Linnell said. The mother was holding the girls but lost her grip;
she was hospitalized and said she last remembered being rescued
from a tree, Linnell said.

A woman identified by Linnell and a family friend as the
children's other grandmother was sobbing as she walked down the
street near the search area.

"She got thrown out. And that's the last thing she remembers,"
the woman, who declined to give her name, said tearfully. "I just
want to find my babies."

Hundreds of Gainesville residents have been displaced this morning due to the flooding. The downtown center, which can hold about 400 people and is serving as a temporary shelter, is full, says spokeswoman Kay Lunnon. She advises residents seeking assistance to go to Whaley United Methodist Church on Rosedale Street on the east side of town. Registries have been set up to help family members find relatives.


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