Elderly woman and young girl dead, family missing in Gainesville

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

COOKE COUNTY, Tex -- With people literally clinging to roof-tops and trees, the search continues for a family that went missing in the waters.

So far a five-year-old girl, and her grandmother have been confirmed dead. Now nearly 70 different agencies are out to make sure everyone is accounted for after Monday morning's record high waters.

Elm Creek reached record high crest Monday morning-- higher than the flood of 1981.

On Monday afternoon crews divided the city into quadrants and are knocking on each door asking residents about any damage and to see if anyone is missing.

Gainesville officials say about 450 people have been displaced.

Cooke County deputies and Gainesville police are in rescue mode and say if anyone thinks a person is missing or if they know of anyone who is missing to call 9-1-1.

"We have 69 different cities that have sent volunteers with boats. The department of public safety sent a helicopter, and those 69 cities and our city are going door to door to do rescues...knocking on doors...looking for citizens," says Gainesville city judge Chris Cypert

The city has set up two shelters, one at the Civic Center and the other at Whaley United Methodist Church.

About 30 pastors and counselors are standing by.

If you would like to help out the flood victims in Cooke County, the American Red Cross is taking donations at 1608 West Highway 82 in Gainesville. You can reach them at 940-665-5591. They will be providing food for all volunteers and victims on Saturday.

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  • by jerry Location: Gainesville on Jun 22, 2007 at 06:07 AM
    I had really taken a disliking for the American Red cross when they let us down in getting our son contacted a few years ago about a death in the family. The person i talked to there made promises they could not keep. I will go back to supporting them in my colums as well as with a few gifts from time to time. They are doing a grand job helping with the disaster here. My other son lost his home in the flood and during the clean up process the American Red Cross did help with supplies and food.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2007 at 09:15 AM
    May God bless all of the flood victims and especially the one who have lost loved ones.
  • by demelon Location: sherman on Jun 19, 2007 at 08:32 AM
    this news station does its job thank you
  • by Tanya Location: Gainesville on Jun 19, 2007 at 07:48 AM
    I agree with Shelly, Lindsay Tx also received heavy damage. I would also like to say that the pictures on TV came as the water was going down. At 7AM, it was so much worse that what is being shown. This was a horrible disaster.
  • by Shelly Location: Muenster,Tx on Jun 19, 2007 at 07:06 AM
    You all did a great job covering the news of the flood in Sherman and Gainesville but was anyone aware of the many houses that were flooded in Lindsay,Tx? Many houses were filled with water to the roof tops. The damage was devastating to many families. I also heard that a young girl was hurt when the water she was in was struck by lightning and there was no way for rescuers to reach her.
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