One person was rescued from high water Wednesday night in north Fort Worth, where heavy rains flooded parts of a neighborhood near Meacham Airport, and another water rescue took place in North Richland Hills.
The person was having trouble breathing and was taken to a hospital by MedStar, said Lt. Kyle Clay, Fire Department spokesman.
The rescue happened about 7:30 p.m. in the 4100 block of Hardy Street, near Terminal Road. A creek running below Hardy Street had risen to the street level, pushing flood waters down the street and into yards and driveways.
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The waters began to recede about an hour later.
In North Richland Hills, Jadon Gomez, 16, was found clinging to a log at Fossil Creek Park Wednesday night.
The North Richland Hills Fire Department posted on Twitter that it was called to the park in the 6000 block of Onyx Drive South. Officials lowered a rescue boat into the water and brought the teen, who had been floating the creek with his friends, to safety.
A spokeswoman for the department said Gomez and other teens were tubing down the creek when it flooded. The others were able to make it to safety, but Gomez was stranded on the log.
“I thought I could swim better than I really could,” Gomez said in an interview after he was rescued.
Intense storms and rain came down through the evening in parts of North Texas. Water crept up quickly on neighborhood streets and creeks.
In Garland, four teens had to be rescued from a creek by firefighters.
Some areas of Tarrant County saw as much as three inches of rain, including Watauga, where one rain gauge collected 3.14 inches, said Matt Stalley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service of Fort Worth.
Wednesday evening’s storm brought plenty of lightning, too.
Three homes in Keller were struck, along with one in North Richland Hills. A home in Southlake caught fire during the storm, but officials could not yet confirm whether lightning played a role.