Residents Living Near Catoma Creek Concerned About Flash Flood


By Catalina Trivino

Severe weather is making making it's way across the state -- in Montgomery, people who live in low-lying areas are closely watching the situation. Those who live near Catoma Creek say this would be the second time water has reached street level in a week.

More rain has residents who live near Catoma Creek worried the water levels could once again flood these streets, along with their homes and yards. Even carpet and furniture from one home was removed because of last week's damage from the floods.

The big worry? Water levels are already higher than usual and it could cause major headaches for some.

Ruth Smith is eyeing the skies.

That's because she was stuck in her home for two days last week due to flash floods. And now with severe weather and flood warnings in Montgomery, she's worried the Catoma Creek's water level will rise to the street level again, especially since the creek is already higher than usual.

"Really, it happened so fast. But that water... when I say water... I wouldn't even get out there and try to walk out there in that water it was that deep!" Said Smith, who told us she was able to stay home without going anywhere because her house is elevated.

But some, like Tyrone Dabney, weren't as lucky. He and his family were evacuated from their home.

"Basically, you couldn't see anything. You couldn't walk. If you walked, it got halfway to your knees," Said Dabney.

Now, watching the rains and water collect Dabney worried he'll have to leave his home again.

"We're going to take it more serious. Go ahead and evacuate before it gets to that problem before it reaches that level and get everything and just go," Said Dabney.

Both Dabney and Smith say they've never seen water get so high on their street like it has in the last few days. And now more flash flooding has has them worried about the headaches that come with the weather.    

"It kind of frightens you. You think about snakes and you got a lot of trees, a lot of woods and you have those type of animals," Said Dabney.

"But I look at it this way -- what can I do? I can't go out there and stop that water. I'm just me," Said Smith.