2015 deemed third wettest year


The effects of the third wettest year on record in Madison County have been many and far-reaching, and Emergency Management Coordinator Shelley Butts said they may not be over yet.

Flooding continues on the Trinity River near Midway, where in June eight families were flooded as rains swelled the river over its flood stage.

The rains in December have done the same thing, and water is rising again.

Shelley Butts, Emergency Management coordinator for Madison County, said the victims of the May flooding have recovered somewhat.

“FEMA representatives came in, and the people got some help,” she said. “I was out there recently, and they were making repairs, but then got flooded again.”

One family had completely replaced all its sheet rock in its home, and now the new sheet rock is molded.”

Butts said that in the last few weeks, the Bedias Creek has risen, which could mean a double whammy for some people in the area.

“It has been an uncharacteristically wet year,” she said.

The flooding also has affected roads; currenty, the Texas Department of Transportation has closed FM 2548 because of water over the roadway, and last week had to shut down OSR near FM 1452 as the Navasota River had crested its banks.

However, on Thursday, the water had receded enough to allow drivers on OSR.

“People need to be very concerned, and flood insurance, which can be expensive, will more than pay for itself if you use it just one time,” Butts said.