LINDSAY — A 51-year old man was involved in a swift water rescue by the Lindsay Volunteer Fire Department on Wednesday.
Kyle Keck was rescued from his pickup by firefighters.
Lindsay assistant chief Scott Neu reported that at 4:52 a.m. firefighters were dispatched to Highway 82 west of Lindsay near Pond King for a vehicle in the water with a subject inside.
A red Dodge pickup was off the road in chest deep swiftly moving water. A male subject located in the vehicle was found to be uninjured. An off-duty Flower Mound firefighter with swift water training stopped to assist. The Flower Mound firefighter donned his swift water gear and proceeded to rescue the trapped subject with Lindsay VFD providing operational and safety support.
The rescue was assisted by the Cooke County Sheriff’s Department, and Lindsay Police Department.
Several roads in the county and in Gainesville were closed because of high water.
Gainesville Fire and Rescue Chief Wally Cox reported Wednesday morning the Anthony Street bridge and Old Denton Road were closed due to Pecan Creek flowing out of its banks south of Gainesville. The Moss Street bridge was still open; water had not reached over the bridge.
The Weaver Street exit off of Interstate 35 was closed because of high water on the street covering the exit.
The overflowing of Wheeler Creek resulted in the closure of Harris Street.
Cox said during the rain storm, water overwhelmed the Gainesville drainage system and many streets in town flooded.
Gainesville Fire and Rescue has two swift water rescue teams available for deployment.
“We have a swift water rescue team stationed here,” Cox said. “The second team is deployed to College Station. We can get backup from Denton or Denison if anything happens.”
Cox said that Chief Wayne Twiner is stationed in Grand Prairie with the Texas Task Force I helicopter rescue team until May 29. Cox said both the helicopter and the boat team may be stationed longer depending on the weather situation.
Valley View Independent School District delayed school opening until 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Valley View Volunteer Fire Department reported a funnel cloud Tuesday night at the county line moving north, northeast.
The Cooke County Commissioner’s office reported portions of roads closure as of Wednesday. As water recedes closures will change subject to weather conditions.
Precinct 1 — CR 131.
Precinct 2 — CR 212, closed at creek west of CR 107, and county roads 215, 222, 224, 232, 281, Cheaney Road west of CR 2255 and Chisam Road.
Precinct 3 — CR 302, 303, 308 and 329.
Precinct 4 — CR 413, 415, 417, 421, 440, 460, and 464.
The National Weather Service reported the following local river and lake levels for Wednesday morning.
Red River — 11:30 a.m. 28.36-feet; flood stage 25-feet.
Moss Lake — 11:15 a.m. 717.8-feet; normal pool 715-feet.
Lake Ray Roberts — 11 a.m. 26.96-feet; flood stage 25-feet.
Elm Fork of the Trinity River — 11:15 a.m. 18.38-feet; flood stage 22-feet.
The National Weather Service was predicting higher levels with more rain.