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Record-breaking rain leaves more homes in Everman damaged than initially reported

Flooding damages homes in Dallas-Fort Worth area

Torrential rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged 40 to 45 homes on Friday. Flooding in Everman was particularly bad, leaving residents wondering what to do next.
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Torrential rain in the Dallas-Fort Worth area damaged 40 to 45 homes on Friday. Flooding in Everman was particularly bad, leaving residents wondering what to do next.

More than 60 homes were damaged during weekend flooding as record-breaking rain drenched this town, officials reported Monday.

Initially, 47 homes were believed to have sustained water damage late Friday and early Saturday when storms dumped up to 5 inches of rain on this town, but officials increased that number to 64 on Monday after a thorough inspection of neighborhoods.

“Most of those are considered major damage,” said Craig Spencer, the city’s director of emergency management. He’s also the city’s police chief. “That means there was at least 18 inches of water in the homes.”

Three businesses also sustained heavy water damage in the flooding that prompted emergency officials to rescue people from rooftops and cars, some of which were in 5 feet of water in flooded streets. Everman is about 10 miles south of downtown Fort Worth.

“These business losses have created a severe impact on jobs, production and revenue,” Mayor Ray Richardson said in a letter to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asking for state and federal assistance.

No major injuries were reported.

Officials did not have a dollar estimate on the damage to the homes and businesses as of Monday, but they hoped to have one by the end of the week. One of the hardest-hit parts of town was Christie Avenue, a street that runs adjacent to a creek.

In the letter to Abbott, Richardson wrote that road repair and replacement alone could exceed $100,000.

Late Sunday, Richardson proclaimed the town in a state of disaster and said that would continue for seven days because of the widespread damage to neighborhoods and the city.

“Inspectors are just out now checking on bridges,” Spencer said Monday in a telephone interview. “We have several roads where asphalt was just washed away.”

Richardson said in the letter, “I certify that the city of Everman does not have local funding available to make the needed repairs and to provide these citizens with effective relief.”

Spencer also noted that floodwaters damaged the city’s storm system and recreational parks.

Relief organizations were in the city attempting to help residents with recovery and cleanup.

Staff writer Kaley Johnson contributed to this report.

In a video posted on Facebook and Twitter, you can see DeArman walking through water that’s above his ankles with a woman on his back. DeArman and another man had to break the car’s windows to get the woman out.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr.
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