Tyler County water levels fall, residents return home

Tyler County water levels fall, residents return home

WOODVILLE, TX (KTRE) - After several weeks of concern and high water, Tyler County residents are beginning to return to normal.

"We had six or 12 houses that were flooded," Emergency Management Coordinator Dale Freeman said. "It was worse than we thought it was going to be."

All four main areas of water that the county monitors have been seeing the water levels fall. Because of the falling levels, the Army Corps of Engineers has lessened the amount of water flowing through Dam B. Residents south of the dam were told Tuesday that the voluntary evacuation noticed had been lifted.

"We have two people in the shelter right now," Freeman said. "They had their houses destroyed. We are working with them on finding somewhere new to stay."

The main area affected by the floods was the Barlow Lake Estates area. Residents are beginning to return to normal.

"As soon as the water got low enough, me and my wife came back. Of course, your refrigerators are all totaled out," resident Bronson Davis said. "You lost all your food. You can't drink the water. The water is all contaminated."

Davis said the residents are getting by and hope over the coming weeks they can return to a normal life.

The Tyler County Commissioners Court will be meeting Friday at 2 p.m. to discuss extending the disaster declaration.

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