Man rescued from floodwaters during storm

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A man was rescued from flood waters Wednesday after his truck was swept off County Road 1895, as heavy rains pounded Wise County for a second straight evening.

Three Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens from Wise, Jack and Young counties tethered together and waded through waist-deep water to perform the swift-water rescue as the man clung to a fence on County Road 1895 just east of Farm Road 2127.

A truck was swept off County Road 1895 during Wednesday’s storm.

“At first we thought about a boat rescue but the road was really narrow at that point and there was quite a bit of current,” said Texas Game Warden David Pellizzari. “We made a wedge and tethered together to get the guy a life jacket and then pulled him off the fence and out.

“It was scary for a bit. The guy slipped but was able to hold onto to the fence. The pipe weld was breaking as we got there.”

Pellizzari said the strong current took the truck into the ditch and it was standing up on its nose when first responders arrived.

“All you could see when I got there was the taillights,” Pellizzari said. “The man said he was able to get the window down and climb out on top of the vehicle.”

Rain poured throughout Wise County from a slow-moving storm. In Alvord, 6.01 inches fell. Other rainfall reports were 4.6 in Greenwood, 1.8 in Decatur, 1.6 in Cottondale and 1.15 in Bridgeport.

A flash flood watch remains in effect through noon Friday with more rain expected to fall Thursday night and Friday.

Several roads had water over the roadway Thursday, including:
• FM 2265 east of Texas 101
• FM 1655 at FM 2265
• School Oaks Road
• County Road 2622 at FM 455
• FM 455 at County Road 2840
• County Road 2735
• County Road 2740
• Greenwood Road
• County Road 4421

Pellizzari reminded motorist not to drive through floodwaters.

“Turn around and don’t drown,” he said.

As of 1 p.m. Thursday, Big Sandy Creek near Bridgeport was at minor flood stage at 13.52 feet. It was forecast to crest at 14.5 feet in moderate flood stage later Thursday.

Lake Bridgeport rose nearly a foot between 1 p.m. Wednesday and 1 p.m. Thursday to 837.12 feet, about a food above normal conservation level.

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