Lake Mexia residents evacuated as lake continues to rise

Posted at 6:40 PM, May 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-12 08:45:01-04

Central Texans are bracing for more flooding as the rain from over the weekend flows into rivers and lakes prompting evacuations.

Runoff water from Sunday night's rain is flooding communities like Lake Mexia, where nearly 30 homes were evacuated. Some of the homes were already flooded and others are being threatened.

The American Red Cross was out in Mexia Monday to set up shelters for residents with no place else to go.

Texas Game Warden Trent Marker and others were called out to help prepare as they anticipate the water levels continuing to rise.

"Our main concern is the people. Property of course is going to be secondary,” says Marker. “The lives are what we are concerned about, making sure we get the people, especially the elderly who need assistance, we get them out now."

Other residents are choosing to stay despite the water nearly reaching their porches and the inside of their homes. Though they say their bags are packed if the water gets any higher. First responders say if more rain comes, it's only going to get worse.

"The water has nowhere else to go. The creeks are full, the rivers are full, and this lake is over full as you can see,” says Marker. “So it's only going to get worse and the only way it can go is out which is where all the homes are."

That's why they're encouraging people with homes that are threatened to get out now.

News Channel 25 meteorologists say with more rain likely in the coming days, the water from all the creeks and streams will flow into the lake and the lake will continue to rise.