Saturday Morning Storm Leaves Brownfield Underwater - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/28/05

Saturday Morning Storm Leaves Brownfield Underwater

Residents in Brownfield are cleaning up after a morning thunderstorm flooded the area with more than five and half inches of rain.

No sign could have warned Brownfield residents of what was to come.

"More rain than I think a lot of the people that live here have ever seen." said cotton producer Clint Ellis as he surveyed the land, six and half miles West of Brownfield. "As you can see right here there won't be a crop anywhere around for a while. A lot of it is washed out."

In NorthEast Brownfield, on Ballard Street, Eric Martinez calls on the members of the First Baptist Church in Welch to help salvage his sister Erika's home.

"It's pretty much under water, started here came through the back, started tearing up here. Water got up good four or five inches off the ground, any furniture that's wood is going to be damaged pretty good," said Eric.

Next door at his father's house Eric observed eight inches of water damage. After the rain filled a nearby park, the family said the water started pouring into their homes. In a matter of thirty minutes the two homes were flooded.

"I don't have flood insurance, they don't offer it, so I couldn't get it." Eric's father Felix Martinez said.

Like the cotton farmers, all the Martinez family can do now is wait to learn the extent of the damage.

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