Rescue continues in Newton County

Rescue continues in Newton County

NEWTON COUNTY - Evacuations are taking place in Newton County and rescue crews are bringing people to a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Kirbyville.

With 100 agencies assisting in Newton County, emergency crews have been rescuing people by boat and by air as floodwaters continue over roads and homes. 

An emergency command center has been placed at the Jasper County Courthouse Annex. Trout Creek Fire Rescue Assistant Chief tells 12News they rescued about 45 people.

They have been working non-stop to get people out of flooded homes and dangerous areas. 

On FM 1416 in Newton County, an 18-Wheeler got stuck in the middle of the roadway Thursday night. Ashley Rawson, who lives in the area, says her home was completely washed out.

Rawson is a single mother and has four daughters and now she does not have a home.

"We have nothing left and I have four children and literally we just left with the clothes on our backs." Said Rawson.

Newton County continues to be under a local state of disaster. 

If you would like to help the Rawson family, you can visit: https://www.gofundme.com/httsr2jx


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