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Flooding in Olney causes evacuations and vehicle rescues

OLNEY, TX (KAUZ) -

Residents were displaced from their homes and a mom and small child had to be rescued from a car in Olney following Friday's floods.

Chief Barry Roberts, with the Olney Police Department said when small children are in car that's in flood waters, they become the priority.
     “They have no coping mechanisms to  rescue themselves. They aren't swimmers. They don’t know what to do, so they are just at the mercy of whoever is there to help them,” said Chief Roberts.
Officials in Olney said they also rescued someone from high waters on Cherry street in the east end of town.
However, even some were not safe from the flood waters in their own homes.
Some residents that live at the Bluebonnet Apartments had to evacuate to Southside Baptist Church Friday afternoon.
It was not until 5 p.m. that those families were told they could head back to their homes.
Ronnie Cowart, Olney's Emergency Management Coordinator, said some of the heavy hit areas like Tom Griffin Park and Highway 79 coming into Olney saw about six inches of rain. 
Officials said with more rain expected these flooded areas could continue to rise.

Residents are encouraged to stay indoors and off the roads, and not drive through heavily flooded areas.

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