Kingston family watches belongings washed away

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

Flooding has wreaked havoc on both sides of the Red River. A Kingston family can say they were literally standing "knee deep."

We found a family that actually just moved into their home a month ago. Now they are dealing with the unimaginable.

"In a matter of 15-30 minutes, it was way over its banks."

The Johnston family saw the creek next to their home become a raging river in a matter of hours. Then it became a race against rising waters, but it was too little too late.

"It come up over the porch in the house it come up to your knee caps, everything, just everything, we had we lost."

The strength of the currents devoured a small bridge over what used to be a creek.

Johnny and Heather are expecting a new addition to their family. Heather has been carrying their child for 7 months and the waters destroyed all their baby items. Family friend Lisa Bumpass tried to help.

"We just come out to see if they needed help getting stuff out, but it pretty much got moved out on its own."

Living in their home for only a month, they didn’t think they would leave so soon.

“Well for now, were gonna go and stay at our mother's house, try and get things together, replace our baby stuff, get everything together and start over again."

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  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on May 29, 2007 at 11:25 AM
    I think it is wonderful the way our community is coming together to help this couple. It just proves that kindness does still exist. My prayers are with this family. God will provide.
  • by D Location: Durant on May 29, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    Do they know if the baby is a boy or girl? Who can we contact with baby items. Thanks. I'm checking with the reporter on this. I'll post something when I know. -KXII Webmaster
  • by Katrina Location: Van Alstyne on May 28, 2007 at 04:20 PM
    I, like Bim, would like to know how we can help this young couple with baby items or other things they might need.
  • by charlie Location: kingston on May 28, 2007 at 04:06 PM
    That area is prone to flooding. A RESPONSIBLE landlord would advise potential renters of this problem. Maybe there should be a law to require this!!
  • by Bim Location: Sherman on May 28, 2007 at 02:21 PM
    Where can we send the items to help this young couple recover? God gives to us that we should share with others.
  • by April Location: Durant on May 28, 2007 at 08:16 AM
    Very sad indeed. I think we are unfortunately going to see more of this over the next week. Lots of families are going to need the communities to pull together at this time!
  • by Paula Location: Kingston,OK on May 27, 2007 at 10:24 PM
    I think this story is so sad. Such a young couple having to start over and expecting a new baby. We need to find a way to help this couple replace the baby items that they lost. It's not cheap to replace all those items. I can't imagine what they must be feeling. It's just horrible.
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