Floodwaters take toll on Richmond

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RICHMOND, TX -  Another day and another community gets flooded by the Brazos River.

"I've been here for 84 years and I've never seen it this high," says one resident of the Edgewater Trailer Park, whose home on the river's edge is now literally, water front property.

At least a dozen families have water in their home. One homeowner surveyed the damage, in a boat using a mop as his paddle. Others are watching, waiting and hoping their homes will be spared.

"My heart is crying on the inside. I live close by here and my house is almost under water, but this is worse," says Adrian Chavez who was there checking on friends.

"We are watching the flood waters as they are still rising. And we predict a crest later this afternoon, but we've yet to see an indication of that crest, and it looks like debris is still coming down the river which means the river is still rising," explains Mayor Evalyn Moore of Richmond.

The mayor is right. The Brazos was supposed to crest at 53.5 feet, but had risen higher than that by early this afternoon.  Other parts of Richmond, like Wessendorff Park, were swallowed up by flood waters,  prompting evacuations of nearby buildings. High water also shut down FM 723 from Highway 90 all the way to 359.

Good news, if there is any, levels on the Brazos are expected to start going down... at least until it starts raining again.