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Fighting the Floodwaters

"It was coming up the porch and the front door and I thought oh, this is not good," says Diann Wilcox. "It was coming up the porch and the front door and I thought oh, this is not good," says Diann Wilcox.

Front yards became lakes... Streets turned into streams... That's how some residents in south Amarillo describe their neighborhood after Thursday's heavy rains. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports on how one family worked to keep the floodwater out of their house. 

It definitely took elbow grease to keep the rain from seeping into Diann Wilcox's house. Mother nature surely kept her and her husband on their toes.

"We put all these sheet down trying to stop it, but it came clear on up, you can see how wet it is here," says Diann Wilcox. "It's still pretty wet."

Wilcox watched as the water rose in the streets... And soon enough it was creeping up her walk.

"It was coming up the porch and the front door and I thought oh, this is not good," says Wilcox.

So she grabbed a broom and a squeegee and tried to save her home the old fashioned way.

"We started trying to squeegee it out, but the lightening was so bad, material stuff doesn't matter if you get hit by lightening, nothing is worth that," says Wilcox.

It was just as bad for those riding the storm out in their cars.

"I wasn't going to drive through that and chance getting stuck behind another vehicle... We had to change our whole ride home, just because of the flooding," says Marcus Washington, who drove through floodwaters on 34th and Georgia.

Although some stalled out and had to be towed. Three people even had to be rescued from their car off Coulter and the Loop. Wilcox figured, it was safer to stay home... Although it was rough fighting the floodwaters.

"You couldn't stand up in the curb, the water was coming so fast it would knock you over," says Wilcox. 

It was one for the record books.

"I've lived here 20 years and this was the worst I'd seen it, the front yard looked like a lake bed," she says. 

Wilcox says they were lucky nothing was damaged, although her flower bed took quite a hit. She did tell me she collected more than 5 inches in her rain gauge.

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