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TX assesses flood damage

Local churches and national faith-based disaster response groups were already communicating about long-term response, even as damage tallies were still rolling in from this week's flooding in northern Texas.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | July 29, 2004

Local churches and national faith-based disaster response groups were already communicating about long-term response, even as damage tallies were still rolling in from this week's flooding in northern Texas.

At least 200 homes were damaged when a foot of rain fell across north Texas. Southern Dallas County - particularly the suburb of Lancaster - was hardest hit, according to the National Weather Service. New flood warnings were issued early Thursday morning as more thunderstorms were developing.

Early assessments showed some 50 to 100 homes may have sustained major damage.

Some local churches reported they were offering services such as childcare and pastoral care, as well as distributing flood relief items.

Local responders reported a need for interpreters for Spanish-speaking people who need flood-related assistance.

Cleanup crews were meeting at the Church of Christ Belt Line in Lancaster. Three Salvation Army canteens were operating. Local United Methodist churches were distributing flood buckets with support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief.

Lancaster police reported they evacuated residents from nearly 250 homes early Thursday morning after the Ten-Mile Creek burst its banks. The police station was damaged by floodwaters, a dispatcher said, collapsing the emergency call center. Calls were routed through the Dallas County sheriff's office.

The town of Ovilla, home to 3,400 people in Ellis County, had its main bridge thoroughfare washed away.

Haltom City, a suburb northeast of Fort Worth, also reported flood damage. The Skyline Mobile Home Park was flooded, and firefighters had to evacuate residents there.

The community of Carrollton also sustained flood damage.

At least two deaths were blamed on the weather, and one person was still missing as of Friday morning.


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