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May 8, 2014

Much of Commerce affected by severe weather

COMMERCE —

Severe weather has occurred throughout today as several flash floods and severe storm warnings have been issued today.  

Most of Commerce was affected by the flood, with power being cut off at Commerce and A.C. Williams Elementary Schools. 

Commerce ISD sent out a release to parents which stated power was not expected to be restored until later in the afternoon. 

Commerce Police and Fire Departments were also kept busy during the storms, as they responded to two incidents. 

One occurred when a driver was trapped in his car after rising water made it unable to open his door. 

Kerry Crews, chief of police for Commerce PD, said they responded to another one near a creek next to the Texas A&M University-Commerce President’s House on Charity Road. 

Crews said flooding was so extensive through Commerce that it was easier to say which streets weren’t flooded than those that were, and added many of the streets looked like “rivers flowing.”

Crews said with as much rain as the city received in the short period of time, coupled with the drainage problems the city faces, was a recipe for the severe flooding which occurred.

“Commerce has a bad drainage problem,” he said. “Most of the streets that have heavy traffic were affected.”

The slogan “Turn around, don’t drown” was one Crews urged people to consider when traversing the flooded roads.

“If you suspect you cannot make it through, it is not worth risking it,” he said.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Hunt County until 4:45 p.m.

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