Flooding takes a toll in Turkey

Flooding takes a toll in Turkey

TURKEY, TX -- One dried up panhandle community was flooded with more that 7 inches of rain over the weekend and it's taken a toll on the town.

Right now Turkey's three city employees are working to patch up roads and roofs all over town and farmers are trying to salvage damaged crops.

"The last time we had a rain like this was 1996," said Margery Pinkerton. "I would say the last two years that we haven't even had two inches rain."

Pinkerton has lived in Turkey for about 40 years.

A downpour of over seven inches of rain Sunday backed sewage into her house and tore up the streets all over town.

"They were in bad shape, but this really did them in," Pinkerton said. Many of the roads remain undrivable. Floods turned dirt roads into mud traps, and ripped the asphalt straight off paved streets.

The small city staff has worked non-stop to clean the roads up and patch up holes left in the roofs of city buildings. But with a tiny town budget, they don't have the money to fix everything.

"It's going to be very expensive I do know that," City Manager Lynn Gray said.

Gray says the city will apply for grants with the Texas Department of Emergency Management, but other offices that could help, like the USDA's Rural Development Office, have been closed due to the government shutdown.

"We might be able to get some assistance, but it's just hard to do right now. Especially with everything being closed," Gray said.

But the damaged town infrastructure isn't the biggest tragedy here in the town, it's the crops.

"When I saw the cotton out here. I thought... the hail, it's going to hurt them really bad," Pinkerton said.

This year's crop was expected the be the best the drought-ridden town had seen in a while.

"We had enough rain that had kind of boosted this one along, and then this came. It was the hail that's what done the damage," Pinkerton said.

Through all the damage brought on by the floods, the town is optimistic about the future, but water is always a worry.

"It's always good to see rain, especially in a farming community. But 7 to 12 inches in a short time isn't good for anything," Gray said.