Girl's body found in Gainesville

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

GAINESVILLE -- The body of the two-year-old Gainesville girl, whose sister and grandmother were killed in Monday's floods, was found late Tuesday, according to officials. All other persons declared missing have been accounted for in Gainesville.

Texas Game Wardens found 2-year-old Makayla Marie Mollenhour's body was found in Pecan Creek about two miles down from the mobile home park, where her family lived. Their home was swept away by floodwaters on Monday. Crews found Billie Murel Mollenhour and Teresa Leann Arnett Monday, Makayla's grandmother, and sister, respectively.

This after a massive search effort in which the Governor of Texas, Rick Perry, visted Gainesville to survey the damages and declare Cooke County as an area of disaster.

Now the cleanup begins, and concern grows for those who cannot be accounted for.

Trooper Rebecca Uresti with DPS said Tuesday afternoon of their efforts, “We’ve now brought in a great deal of heavy equipment. Starting to move the debris, when we start to move the debris quickly we can begin to recover some of the missing and hopefully find survivors.”

Search dogs had been brought in helicopters as well as state and local government officials.

All Gainesville residents can turn to local Channel 2, the local government channel. There you will find information regarding trash pickup, water, and city information.

The Anthony Street bridge will remain closed until further notice as crews continue to remove debris.

If Cooke County residents have reports of damage, they are asked to call 940-668-5435. Leave your name address, and phone number, and whether or not you're insured, and the extent of the damage. The county is compiling a report to apply for state and federal aide.

Also, if a Cooke County resident needs help with clean up, call 940-668-4347. Preference goes to the elderly and handicapped first.

A benefit fund has been set up for the Mollenhour family. Donations can be made at the First Bank of Gainesville.

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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