LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - It didn't take long for Monday morning's severe weather to result flash flooding around the city of Lufkin. The storm began dumping rain around 8:45 a.m. By 9:30 a.m., a series of rescue calls flooded emergency dispatchers.
On West Frank Street, Michelle Compton, of Huntington, had made a trip to CHI St. Luke's Memorial Medical Center for her 9-month-old son's appointment, when the flash flood made things dangerous.
“I had just left my son's doctor's appointment and got down here, and the water just kind of took my car away. And flooded me out," said the new mom as she watched William Wrecker Service hoist her orange Dodge onto its flatbed.
About a quarter of a mile west of CHI St. Luke's in the 1400 block of Ellis Ave, a member of Cornerstone United Pentecostal church could be seen in the middle of the street. In front of him lay an uprooted tree that fell from the north side of Ellis.
While the tree was quite a distance from the church building, the fast-rising waters flowing under the Ellis Avenue bridge could be seen coming in waves closer to the church's main parking lot.
One of the most dramatic images of the flash floods could be seen at Ellen Trout Lake. The waters there had swollen up to the bench along the paved walking path that follows the water's edge. However, the dam at the north end of the lake was a roaring river, and those waters rushed over the drop and flooded the City of Lufkin Water Plant just to the north of the zoo.
Kirk Devore, a seven-year employee of the water plant, said the plant did take in 3 inches of rain, but the water did not damage any of the electrical equipment.
“We have a drain built in the building that moves out water in a flood,” Devore yelled from the entrance of the plant.
Because of the rushing water from the dam and Ellen Trout the road to the plant was impassable.
“The water is safe, and none of our equipment has been damaged by the flood,” Devore added.