“Precipitation ranking May 2015 – April 2016. Wettest on record is 121, second wettest on record is 120 and so on.” (NOAA/NCE)
For the last twelve months we’ve had the wettest season on record. One day in April we had 12 to 14 inches of rain in my area within 11 hours! Thursday May 26, 2016, Brenham, Texas a town north of us received 18 inches of rain. Friday May 27, 2016 more rain. The Brazos River was already high due to rain in April.
Saturday May 28, 2016 at 5:45 AM, I woke up hearing my phone ringing. I had an awful feeling something was wrong and noticed the person calling me was Ana my neighbor, she lives across the street from us; as I was returning her call I looked out my kitchen window and I was shock to see we were surrounded by water! This was nothing like last month! I could not see the road or the yard! I immediately woke up Dale. He and my neighbors’ husband at this time were trying to save their trucks and move them to higher ground. The water was about 2 feet high and was rising. We both knew we were going to have to evacuate. Dale called John, a friend who lives in our neighborhood, who owns a boat and I called my daughter to let her know what was going on. Within an hour or so John arrived to rescue us. John’s boat could only take three people at a time. Ana, her daughter and myself went first. John later went back for Dale and Jeff, Ana’s husband and Louie the cat.
I want to share how emotionally weird stuff goes through your mind. First of all the disbelief by surrounding water. I remember when we were on the boat riding up the road how serene it felt, it was like we were sightseeing in the jungle and it was very quiet. Once we turned up the main road my mind comprehending all the other homes surrounded by water. Mind boggling! The boat got to a point it could not go further, we had to get off the boat and walk the rest of the way to the end of the street. I could see fire ants floating in the water and spiders. We were warned to watch out for snakes. The smell of fuel in the water was strong. Finally at the end of the street waiting for me was my beautiful daughter Irene. I wanted to break down and cry but I would not, at least not yet!
After we and others were rescued, the water continued to rise 3 or more feet. By Two o’clock pm most of the homes in Lazy River subdivision had water in their homes. Our home got three inches of water and both cars were flooded.
Picture taken while on rescue boat.
It was 9:30 AM when we were all in my daughter’s fiancé truck, safe and sound driving away from our flooded area. What seems like an eternity, happen within four hours!
Picture taken after water receded 18 inches.
Please pray for everyone being affected by these historical Texas floods.
Isa 61:3 To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.