WATER RECEDES, RECOVERY BEGINS

Monday morning people stood at the water’s edge and saw the full power of the river.

Tuesday morning gave a glimpse of the impact.

Swelled by rains from Tropical Storm Harvey, the Colorado River crested at 54.22 feet at 2 p,m. Monday in La Grange, the third highest mark in recorded history, and highest since 1913. 

As the sun rose Tuesday what those figures really meant was furniture hanging from trees, the smell of natural gas leaking into the air, a dead dog stuck in a fence.

A steady stream of former residents of Country Way Village walked down to the new water line – as close as they could get to their old neighborhood.

Then they stood in silence.

It was a neighborhood so full of families that two La Grange busses made pick-ups and drops off here every school day.

Now multiple mobile homes were in a jumble, still in several feet of water, blocking Lower Line Street.

Cassandra Butler looked out at the scene, not quite being able to see the house where she, her husband and six children had lived until Sunday.

 

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