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Wichita Falls flooding forces evacuations, electricity cut off

WICHITA FALLS, Texas_Electricity has been cut off to part of Wichita Falls and the outage area may expand.

Wichita Falls Emergency Management had ONCOR Electric Delivery shut off electricity to a lower section of the Tanglewood neighborhood at 2:00 p.m. Thursday. Based on current flood predictions, the power is being cut to the area between Turtle Creek Road and Brazos Street and north of Tanglewood Drive. This also includes the Brandywine addition. The outage area could expand if additional rainfall and flooding occurs. Power will be shut off to Lucy Park and the hotel near the falls.

Electricity will not be cut off to the east side of the city, around Scotland Park or near the MPEC at this time. This is subject to change depending on weather.

Residents in the Tanglewood neighborhood, as well as those living near the MPEC and Scotland Park, were told to evacuate by 8:00 a.m. Thursday. County officials also wanted residents of Wranglers Retreat and Horseshoe Bend evacuated by 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
  • The Red Cross will now use the Hirschi High School Gym, 3106 Borton, as a shelter to assist those affected by the flooding.
  • Antioch Baptist Church, 601 Bonner, located on the east side of Wichita Falls is also preparing their facility to operate as a shelter.
  • City Fire and Police personnel will go door-to-door again Thursday in the Tanglewood neighborhood and portions of the east side of the city to tell residents that they must evacuate.
  • The Point of Distribution Center will be opening Thursday in the old Brookshire's grocery store building, on the corner of Loop 11 and Seymour Highway. Those affected by the flood can receive assistance from various agencies, essential items, immunizations and refreshments.
  • Residents with pets and no place to keep them can contact Animal Services at 940-447-0343 for assistance.
When the flood waters arrive residents are urged not to enter the water on foot, by vehicle or any other method. Flood waters are unpredictable, dangerous and pose a significant health hazard.

For more information you can call 211 then select option 1. You can also call 761-7909.

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