Severe weather causes flooding, power outages in ETX

Severe weather causes flooding, power outages in ETX
Some cars are almost completely submerged after severe weather in Harrison County. This photo shows Marshall, Texas. (Source: Michele Hodge)
Some cars are almost completely submerged after severe weather in Harrison County. This photo shows Marshall, Texas. (Source: Michele Hodge)
KSLA viewer Rachel Davis sent this photo in of flooding on Highway 59 in Marshall.
KSLA viewer Rachel Davis sent this photo in of flooding on Highway 59 in Marshall.
Severe weather has swept through East Texas, causing flash flooding and power outages. (Source: LaKindria Carraway)
Severe weather has swept through East Texas, causing flash flooding and power outages. (Source: LaKindria Carraway)

HARRISON COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - More than 1,000 Harrison County residents were without power Friday after heavy rainfall saturated the area causing flash flooding.

A flash flooding warning was issued for Harrison County in effect until 9 a.m. The area received six inches of rain within three hours.

"I get a text message this morning with a picture of the shop, and we've been here 12 years and I've never seen it this bad," said Stephen Capps, owner of Texas Gates. He says the items he sells are made of iron so they were not damaged but he does have a big mess to clean up on his property.

Harrison County Sheriff's deputies reported multiple roads washed out between Marshall and Nesbitt, and between Marshall and Hallsville. Authorities say cars were swept off the roads between Marshall and Harleton. About 15 cars were completely flooded out.

Harrison County Public Information Officer Jay Webb said flooding had begun to subside by 9:45 a.m. but that the road was blocked at Nesbitt and Franklin roads. The Texas Department of Transportation was also investigating a report that FM 449 was washed out.

Gucci Sevik, a Marshall restaurant owner says he's received several calls from his customers asking if he'll be open on Mother's Day. Sevik says unfortunately he had to tell them he'll be closed for clean-up.

In Marshall, the police department reported flooding at highways 59 and 80. Officials will monitor the conditions throughout the day.

Water was also reportedly waist deep off of Houston and Veterans Boulevard.

People living in the county are being asked to not call 911 unless it's an emergency.

Businesses in the East Park strip mall were all flooded. Residents say water was waist deep near Houston Street and Veterans Boulevard.

Motorists are urged to always use extreme caution and to not drive through flooded areas.

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