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Flash flooding forces evacuations in Hughes Springs, TX

FM 125 West of Mcleod, TX in Cass County. (Source: Don Blackwell, Fire District 1 Chief) FM 125 West of Mcleod, TX in Cass County. (Source: Don Blackwell, Fire District 1 Chief)
Some homes on Pecan Circle in Hughes Springs had to be evacuated early Saturday morning due to flash flooding. (Source: KSLA viewer) Some homes on Pecan Circle in Hughes Springs had to be evacuated early Saturday morning due to flash flooding. (Source: KSLA viewer)
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HUGHES SPRINGS, TX (KSLA) -

Several families were evacuated due to high water during flash flooding late Friday night and into Saturday morning in Cass County, Texas. 

"We were inundated. The south side of town was completely underwater for a little while," Hughes Springs Police Chief Randy Kennedy. 

Residents in the Hughes Springs Housing Authority apartments on South Pecan St. near Hughes Creek had to be assisted from their homes by boat as water crept into the buildings. Families in a few homes on Pecan Circle also had to be evacuated by boat as the streets became inundated and impassable. 

The Wildflower Inn was able to take in a handful of families. The civic center was opened for others to go until they are able to get back into their homes. 

Water got into several business downtown, as well. 

"It looked like the amazon river going through downtown. It was crazy," said Kennedy. "Worse that I've seen in a very very long time, since probably the late 80s, 90s."

KCS Railroad crews have been called to repair areas where the rail bed washed out. 

Parts of Hwy 49, including East toward Avinger and West toward Daingerfield, as well as Hwy 250 south were all shut down were all under water and forced closed at some point. 

"They were impassable for a while. Anybody who would have gone through would have been washed away," said Kennedy, adding that there were dumpsters flooding through the streets. 

The waters were receding by 4 a.m. and those roads have since reopened, but Kennedy said officers and volunteer firefighters remained on standby for any additional assistance that might be required. 

Many roads remain closed elsewhere in Cass County due to high water, including a 6-mile section of FM 125 from McCleod to Hwy 43, according to according to Fire District 1 Chief Don Blackwell.

While there are some downed trees, there are no reports of widespread storm damage or power outages.

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