Homeowners in Balch Springs spent the day airing out their belongings, removing drywall and cleaning up the mess left by Monday’s flash flooding.
“Horrible, it was bad. It only rained for 12 hours straight and it was 12 to 13 inches. My house couldn’t handle it,” said Rick Waltz, who has lived in the neighborhood for over 20 years.
Not only did it have flooding, but parts of its roof collapsed after being battered by the heavy rains.
“Especially when you woke up at 2 a.m. with the ceiling falling on you, the first time it happened, and then when the water seems close to coming in, that’s when you freak out more,” Waltz said.
The neighborhood backs up to Guy Berry Park, where Hickory Creek flows.
About three miles away, a woman lost her life in Mesquite after floodwaters swept away her vehicle on Monday morning.
The historic amount of rain in North Texas led Governor Greg Abbott to sign a disaster declaration not only for Dallas and Tarrant counties, but also for 21 other counties in the region that experienced heavy rains.
“I started to feel a little drip or drip on my ankle so I was like, ‘oh, okay, so there’s something going on here,'” said Elizabeth Parker who lives a few doors down. Waltz.
She had a leak in her ceiling, then looked outside to see the water rising steadily. They moved their cars, but the water was about waist deep.
“Everything was flooded inside my house,” she said. “I decided to evacuate and go to my mother.
Parker spent the day with his family cleaning up debris and dirt. Although a lot was messed up, a photo frame of her husband was okay, which was especially important since her husband passed away about three months ago.
Despite the difficulty of major life events, she says she remains strong and positive.
On the street, Waltz said he relied on faith because he knew fixing his house would be a huge and expensive chore.
“I don’t have insurance because I was going through a tough time and had to cancel it,” Waltz said. “I trust God and it will be fine.”