Voluntary evacuation underway for Lake Mexia residents

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 11, 2017
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:46-04

A voluntary evacuation is underway for residents who live near Lake Mexia. 

More than 120 homes have been impacted with flooding after at least 3.5 inches of rain fell in that area from Monday night into Tuesday morning. This caused Lake Mexia to go over its banks. 

Limestone Emergency Management Coordinator Matt Groveton said the conditions didn't get to the point to prompt mandatory evacuations.

"This flood is a noteworthy flood, no doubt about it, but it's not one that would cause [us] to go out to people's houses as we have done before and try to get them out," Groveton said.

Residents in the area took precautions ahead of the storm, moving their cars out of their driveways. 

Tammie Parrish, who lives on the Limestone County Road 377, is one of them. She is used to flooding in that area because she said it happens five times a year.

"You never really get used to it, but you just learn to deal with it," Parrish said.

Parrish, who is the deputy chief at the Lake Mexia Fire Department, uses a boat to get into her property when there is flooding.

"We made my porch wide enough so we go right up into it with it if it gets deep enough for it," Parrish said.

On Tuesday afternoon, as water levels increased, the water went over Limestone County Road 377. Some of the residents in that area left their properties because the water went inside of their homes. Others like Parrish chose to stay.

Groveton said this type of flooding is not abnormal for this area and is not considered a major one compared to the one from last year in March.

"This flooding today is not a record flood by any stretch of the immigration, certainly not the record flood we had in March 9th of last year. So I think people around the lake here, unfortunately for them, they have gotten used to a flood like this," Groveton said.

Last March's flooding was considered the biggest one since 1979. 

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