Lubbock covered in water, homes barricaded and roads closed - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/10

Lubbock covered in water, homes barricaded and roads closed

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By Tiffany Pelt - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Sunday several spots in Lubbock lay under water even though the rain has given the Hub City a break.

Maxey Park is the most flooded part of town, with some areas reaching more than two feet deep. The homes in that area, however, are not in danger of being flooded, but there are homes across town that are.

"Oh it's the Fourth of July? Yeah I kind of missed it. I was busy," said Bruce Motlong who has spent his fourth barricading his home on 71st Street in between Trinity Church and University.

All along Motlong's street neighbors had to use sand bags and long blue barricades filled with water to keep the flooding out of their homes. "We got up in the morning at 7 a.m. and it was already way up in the garage, all the way to the wall so it was rising and it kept on rising too, so I needed to get some pumps in," said Motlong.

Motlong and his neighbor both hooked up pumps to funnel water away from his front door and garage. If it rains anymore, the people along his street will have even more problems. "If it's under maybe two or three inches we might be able to survive it. If it comes all at once we probably won't. We'll have water in our house," said Motlong.

Motlong's neighborhood isn't the only one in danger of major flooding. The entire parking lot at Stone Lake Apartments near Elgin and 76th Street is completely under water, and if the playa lake nearby gets any more rain the apartments are likely to flood.

"We want citizens to be aware and monitor the weather tonight, especially if they live around playa lakes and be thinking about making preparations," said Lewis Treadwell, Chief Deputy of the Emergency Operations Center.

So far the city has E.O.C has helped sand bag approximately 70 homes across town and has barricaded more than a dozen roads, but that's not stopping many. "The police department assisted close to 92 people last night that were stranded. Several of them went around barricades, so if there are barricades up they're there for a reason please don't go around them," said Treadwell.

Thanks to a couple of good Samaritans some of those stranded got out safely. "We're just out here helping people that are stuck he's got a big truck so we're just trying to get them home safely," said Brandon Parsley who went riding around Saturday night with Justin Murphy helping tow people out.

But not only does people driving through barricades put them at risk, they also endanger the homes around those areas. "Our biggest problem is when people come driving by here, those waves just wash and destroy what we set up this morning, I had to kind of rebuild it," said Motlong.

The E.O.C. also wants to discourage people from playing in the Playa Lakes and flooding because the water can be very deep and extremely dangerous.

The city will also be monitoring the Playa Lakes for the rest of the night to make sure no more flooding occurs, putting families' homes in danger. If your home does become flooded and your family has no place to stay, The American Red Cross and Salvation Army are setting up shelters.

 If your family needs sand bag assistantance you can call 775-3392, but there is a limited supply.

 Here is a listing of the current road closures as of 10 p.m. Sunday night:

  • 73rd and Wayne                                                                                                               
  • 74th and Memphis Ave.
  • Elgin Ave. and Flint Ave, South of Loop 289 to 75th Street
  • Canton Ave. and 70th Street around Trinity Church
  • North Quaker and Ursuline Street
  • Erskine Street and Milwaukee Ave.
  • East 19th and Guava Ave.
  • Broadway entrance to Mackenzie Park
  • Ave. W from 61st to 63rd Street
  • Ave. W to University Ave.
  • 114th Street between Quaker Ave. and Indiana Ave.
  • Streets around Maxey Park, including Quaker Ave. from 24th to 27th Street

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