Drivers stranded, rescues required as heavy rains flood Texarkana streets

Published: Nov. 28, 2016 at 4:29 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 29, 2016 at 12:29 PM CST
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TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - High water from heavy rain left some drivers stalled and stranded in Texarkana Monday morning, requiring rescues in some cases.

At Moores Lane and Summerhill Road on the Texas side of the city one motorist had to be rescued by the fire department when her car stalled in the
flood water, she was not injured.

"I turned onto Moores Lane and it was already flooded," said Debbie McMillian, who was one of those left stranded. It was all the way up to the curb. I couldn't see because it was raining so hard. That is why I didn't know it was already flooded."

It made for a busy morning for local tow truck drivers, too.

"I've had five tows in an hour and a half we are pretty busy right now," said Wayne Easley.

In addition Summerhill Road and Moores Lane, other particularly problematic areas Monday included St. Michael Drive just east of Sam's Club and West 40th at Potomac, according to Shawn Vaughn with the Texarkana, Texas Police Department.

"The first rule of driving in flooded waters is DON'T," said Vaughn in an advisory released get the word out about the hazards of driving in high water. "Find another route. That's the only sure way to avoid getting stranded. Just six inches of standing water – sometimes less – can be enough to cause your engine to stall and leave you stranded."

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