Storm brings flooding, destruction

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The 700 block of Palestine Street in Mexia was flooded by a fast-moving stream of water running between houses and in the street after heavy rains Wednesday. Residents there have to contend with this issue after every heavy rain. Mexia News photos/Roxanne McKnight

By Brenda Sommer and Roxanne McKnight

A huge storm stretching from south Texas to far northern reaches of the Midwest brought more than 4 inches of rainfall to Mexia Wednesday, causing isolated flooding and infrastructure woes, and more rain is expected as soon as Tuesday.

“The manholes are blowing over because the water is so full,” said Harvey Harrison, a worker with the city water department as he tried to help a motorist with an SUV that had gotten water in the engine driving through deep water Wednesday. “There were some kids playing in it down there,” he said, indicating deep rushing water in the 700 block of East Palestine Street that was blocked off with large wooden sawhorses.

Several other city employees were helping drivers on Bonham Street at its intersection with Hopkins Street, where rushing water had pushed a newly installed culvert out of the ground beside the road.

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