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Families flooded out

Among the many in the Ennis area who have experienced water damage because of excessive rain this week, seven families in the Summerwood subdivision have had to move out of their homes.
Residents living in the area near Christian Road and Kaufman (just east of, and behind, the VFW facility) have lost many of their belongings and have had to be moved to temporary shelter following the torrential downpours that occurred Tuesday afternoon.
“Between 2 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, the rain was falling at a rate of 3.56 inches per hour,” said Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton. “Between 2:15 and 2:30 p.m., the rain was falling at a rate of 6.55 inches per hour and in the time period of 2:30 and 2:45 p.m., the rain was falling at a rate of 8.86 inches per hour. The actual rain totals for the afternoon weren’t really that high, but the fact that we got it all in such a short period of time resulted in the flooding we experienced.”
According to Shelly Campbell, local coordinator for the American Red Cross, seven families, including 15 children under the age of 18, have had to be relocated to temporary housing.
“These residents will not be able to return to their homes anytime soon as extensive repair work will need to be done before their residences can be made livable again,” Campbell said. “Some of these residents have health challenges and we are trying to assist them in any way we can.”
Howerton said Campbell and the Red Cross team of volunteers have done a terrific job in helping those affected by the flooding.
“This organization has done very commendable work here,” Howerton said. “We are very pleased with their efforts and appreciate what they have done in caring for the needs of these residents.”
Campbell said local residents can help their neighbors through this hard time by designating a donation to the American Red Cross to go to the Ennis victims’ aid.
“The best way to help the Red Cross assist the families affected by the flooding is by making a financial contribution to the local disaster relief fund or by volunteering,” Campbell said. “If you would like to donate items such as clothing, bedding, etc., to the families, contact our local community partner, Helping Hands at 972-875-0218.
Campbell said volunteering to help those in need in this area is also encouraged.
“To volunteer in the Ennis area to assist your neighbors at the time of a disaster, think of joining the Corsicana Branch of the Disaster Action Team, a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week team of volunteers that respond locally to the needs of disaster victims.”
There will be a local training session Saturday, June 30 for those interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer. The session will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 108 S. 12th Street in Corsicana. For more information, contact Campbell at 903-874-4551.

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