Storm brings rain, trouble

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, June 28, 2014

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Wise County avoided the flooding issues some of our neighbors in the Metroplex experienced Tuesday – but wind, rain and lightning from the storm still managed to cause problems locally.

A rain-slick road is believed to be a factor in a head-on wreck around 6 p.m. on Texas 199, about a mile east of Farm Road 920 in far southwest Wise County. Department of Public Safety Trooper Patrick Alonzo said a passenger car driven by Shannon Nicole Edgar, 21, of Midland was eastbound on Texas 199 when she lost control and went into the opposite lane of traffic where she struck a westbound pickup truck driven by Gildardo Torres, 43, of Jacksboro.

The collision caused both vehicles to roll.

Torres was able to exit his vehicle, which was briefly on fire after it landed on its side. Fire departments from Boonsville and Salt Creek responded to help extricate Edgar and a passenger, Anthony Vance, 21, of Carrollton.

Torres was taken to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur, Edgar was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth and Vance was taken to Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth. Alonzo said Vance was critically injured while the two drivers had non-life-threatening injuries.

Critical Injuries

CRITICAL INJURIES – Anthony Vance is rolled to a waiting ambulance at the scene of Tuesday’s crash. Vance, 21, was critically injured. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Vance was still listed in critical condition late Friday afternoon, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Heavy rain was rolling through the area around the time of the crash.

Wise County EMS and an ambulance out of Springtown also responded along with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

Lightning from the same storm system also struck the wind turbine on top of a house at 512 County Road 4756 near Boyd, starting a fire that caused heavy damage to the attic. The homeowners, Robert and Pamela Demases, were not injured.

Messy Work

MESSY WORK – A Boyd firefighter walks down a driveway during the heavy rain Tuesday afternoon, responding to a house fire caused by a lightning strike. No one in the home was injured. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Wise County Fire Marshal Chuck Beard said the homeowners reported hearing what sounded like a bomb going off when the lightning struck around 5:15 p.m.

Boyd, Newark and Rhome fire departments responded along with Wise County EMS.

Gusts of wind also caused issues across the county. Fire departments in Paradise and Decatur responded to reports of down or sagging power lines.

A home in the 400 block of Country Living Drive in Newark sustained minor damage when the skirting blew off a trailer home next door and struck the roof, according to Wise County Deputy Fire Marshal J.C. Travis. No one was at either home when it happened. Travis said straight-line winds were apparently to blame. The Newark Volunteer Fire Department responded and was able to make temporary repairs on the roof.

Rainfall totals from the storm included 1.8 inches in Aurora, 1.68 in Rhome, 0.9 in Alvord, 0.7 in Cottondale, 0.5 in Paradise and 0.22 in Bridgeport.

Although runoff into Lake Bridgeport was not huge, the lake did rise nearly 5 inches over the past week, gaining nearly 3,000 acre-feet of water. Eagle Mountain Lake, which saw more runoff from heavy downpours and is considerably smaller, climbed about 8 inches.

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