Forest Heights area residents experience flooding

The rainfall in Orange County led several residents to highway 87 and north Teal road where sandbags were available to those who had water rise up to their homes.

ORANGE COUNTY - "This is like our third load trying to get the sand up high enough to keep water from coming in but it's already to her back door," Rhonda Kelly told us as they packed up sandbags for her mother’s home.

That was the task Nick and Rhonda Kelly faced for hours on Sunday in Orange County.

With the help of some friends, they were able to cut the flow of water to the home.

"It's just dumped so much rain so fast, it has nowhere to go. Nowhere to go, the bayous and everything is overflowing, everything is full,” Nick and Rhonda Kelly said.

“She's got a big ditch by her house and it's flowing over, there's just nowhere for the water to go," Kelly said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office, along with Little Cypress Fire Department provided sand, which 20 residents took advantage of on Sunday.

This isn't the first time Kelly's mother has experienced flooding, but she's relieved that they had the resources to stop rain from getting inside her mother's home.

"Orange County has always been wonderful to us and when a crisis happens, they're here. And we've got a wonderful community of volunteers to help and we're grateful," Kelly said.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office tells us that one resident got water inside their home on Sunday.

They say several residents complained of people driving too fast through flooded roads which pushed water closer to their homes.

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