Flash floods hit Valley View, leave drivers stranded

COOKE COUNTY, TX - Cooke County received heavy rainfall overnight, especially southern Cooke County, around Valley View. Businesses and homes flooded, and several drivers were stranded due to rising water.

Emergency responders across Cooke county were busy Thursday morning, helping drivers trapped by flash flooding.

"Numerous people in those vehicles that were stranded in either in high water, or in a few cases, in rushing water, that was a very significant threat to their health," said Cooke County emergency manager Ray Fletcher.

The rainfall started Wednesday night, and Valley View saw 10 to 12 inches by Thursday morning.

"The whole road was just completely leveled--water," said resident Paril Bhakta.

"This morning around 5:30, we were toned out for mutual aid to Valley View to assist with the flooding," said Callisburg VFD Assistant Chief Nick Tiller.

In some areas of the City, the water flowing over roadways was too high for emergency vehicles. Callisburg fire fighters were called out to a structure fire, because their military truck was one of few that could pass through the heavily flooded road.

"They're good ole tough trucks you can take them about anywhere you want to go," said Tiller.

Parts of I-35 were also shut down during the morning hours, due to intense flooding.

"There were cars submerged in the water on the interstate, three and a half-fouor feet of water. It went up and over the cars, and there were people sitting on top of the roofs," said Valley View police chief Greg Adcock.

We hear it all the time, "Turn around, don't drown," but Cooke County emergency responders tell News 12 Thursday morning, they performed nearly 30 water rescues.

"You can't expect a tire to grab traction when they're full of air. You know you can float down the river in a tube, and that's what it is. When you go through a bunch of water, it's going to push "the tube," said David Robison, owner of Hats Off Towing.

Chief Adcock tells us it doesn't take much rushing water to knock over a person, and it doesn't take much more than that to push a car off the road.

As the rain continues, officials warn parents against letting children play near creeks and running water.


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