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Massive Flooding Causes Residents To Pack Up And Leave Homes

Flash flooding is wreaking havoc all across Texoma. From shutting down roads, and forcing home evacuations to even performing water rescues.

At around 9 a.m. Wednesday, roughly 15 different homes were evacuated. Water surrounded homes and roadways, forcing residents to pack up and leave as soon as they could.

“I didn't think that there was going to be a situation to worry about,” said Glen Maynard, a resident forced to evacuate. “Wasn't until I was at work in a meeting and Gwen, my wife, called and said 'hey you better get here real quick we need some help, we're being told by the Sheriff's Office we have to evacuate.”

But for the Maynard's this situation is all too familiar. Back in 2008 flood waters devastated their home leaving them with $80,000 worth of damage.

“Definitely flash backs,” said Maynard.

“We had already set our electronics and stuff that was low on the floor up the night before,” said Gwen Maynard. “We were just afraid that something like that would happen again.”

But this time, the Maynard's had more to lose. They were praying to get Glen's elderly mother out of the home safe.

“We had to call the ambulance and everything to come out there and get her because we didn't know how else we were going to get her out of there,” said Gwen Maynard.

Now the Maynard's are just searching for answers. They said after the flood of 2008 they were told this was something they would never have to deal with again. However, they were wrong.

“We need this fixed now, I mean it's, it's going to continue to be a problem,” said Glen Maynard. “It's going to make that area uninhabitable.”

The Maynard's said after spending the money to fix their home, they purchased flood insurance. But they said after speaking with city officials, just a few years later, they were advised they wouldn't need it. So they dropped their policy. They are praying now, that this flood does not cause that massive damage.

The Maynard's were told they may be able to return by Sunday, but that all depends on the water and flooding. County officials said it will be closely monitored.

 “We're being proactive right now until we get everything set up for this weather event, that's going to not stop, I'm sure by the next couple of days,” said Wichita County Sheriff David Duke.

As of now no injuries have been reported. But the news has many people scared for their livelihood. On some portions of the roadway water has started to recede. But this does not mean the end of the flooding, according to Wichita County Sheriff's Deputies.

Road conditions are actually expected to worsen, as more homes are forced to make evacuations. County officials are urging anyone out on the road to exercise extreme caution when traveling.

If you encounter a flooded roadway they said it is extremely important to turn around and avoid the area.

Brittany Costello, Newschannel 6

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