Grayson County prepares for possible flooding

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. (KXII) - Storms are brewing in Texoma, and some areas in Grayson County see the flooding worse than others.

With heavy rain expected Tuesday, locals and first responders are gearing up.

"We have a lake behind us and a lake in front of us."

Rick Nevil has enjoyed living in his sprawling Gunter ranch for the past 11 years.

There's only one problem.

"If we get a big rain, like five to six inches, it floods the road and makes it impassable," Nevil said.

Low-lying Wallace Road in Gunter is one area in Grayson County that constantly sees flooding according to Precinct 3 Commissioner Phyllis James.

"If you get back to back rains like lately, then it creates a problem," Nevil said.

News 12 Chief Meteorologist Steve Lanore said about five to ten inches of rain fell in Grayson County over the past two weeks, and up to three more inches are expected Monday night into Tuesday.

"The ground is already pretty well saturated. The rain stands versus sinking into the ground," said Sherman Fire Rescue Captain Mason Beaver.

Beaver said their crews performed a swift water rescue Sunday under the Harrison Street overpass, and with their new heavy rescue truck he said they're ready for similar situations.

"It's a tall vehicle so we can get close to just about any situation to help people out," Beaver said.

Nevil said he and his family just try to prepare when they know rain is coming since flooding usually forces the county to block off their road.

"Sometimes people go around the roadblock. We've only been trapped in here a couple times in past," Nevil said.

Emergency management emphasized that people should never drive in the dark when it's raining and you're unfamiliar with your surroundings.

The fire department tells us that "turn around don't drown" is obvious, but it's effective, when it starts to flood.