‘Noah night’

Volunteers protect Rockdale area no matter what the emergency

Two weekends ago all four volunteer fire departments along US 79 in South Milam County were called upon to perform water rescues of one degree or another.

Firefighters from Rockdale, Thorndale, Gause and Milano were summoned to various locations to assist stranded motorists as an overnight rainfall measured between 5 and 7.5 inches.

The Rockdale VFD actually launched a boat into the flooded, swirling waters of Brushy Creek to try and get to a woman who was stranded on FM 486 on the other side of the rushing water.

It turned out a Milam County Precinct 4 employee was able to reach her from the other side before the two RVFD firefighters got there. She has written a letter to the editor thanking everyone involved. You can read it on the facing page.

Thorndale VFD was called out to a county road for a water rescue. Gause and Milano VFDs were busy in the southeast quadrant of the county as water rose onto and over US 79.

Gause, especially, seems like the Milam community which gets the most water on the highway. The town is in a slight valley with higher ground on each side of the highway and water drains back into the middle.

Of course when more than 7.75 inches falls in one night you’re going to get some flooding no matter what the topography.

Let’s also not forget the actions of the Milam County Sheriff’s Department, local police and constables, DPS state troopers and county workers, who all helped during that “Noah Night.” There were no serious injuries.

Nice to know that no matter what the emergency, our area is well protected.—M.B.

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