Roads turn to rivers in Cypress, stranding kids at camp

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by Tiffany Craig / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on July 12, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 12 at 5:55 PM

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CYPRESS, Texas – Floodwaters swamped the Cypress area Thursday, turning neighborhood streets into rivers and temporarily stranding a group of kids at a summer camp.

The baseball summer camp was at Sandlot Sports on Mueschke Road.

Matt Minchich, who dropped his son off at the camp Thursday morning, said within hours, the water had risen significantly, and he had to come up with a plan to pick his son up.

"You know how 8-year-olds are – they’re probably looking, going, ‘If we just had a raft or something,’" Minchich said.

Eventually, he waded across the flooded road – at times with water up to his thigh – to the camp, where 20 or so boys were waiting. But instead of risking carrying the kids out of the water, he decided to wait until it receded a bit.

"Hopefully it will start letting up a little bit, so I can get my truck through here pretty soon," he said.

But as it turns out, that never happened.  Just after 5 p.m., officials realized there was no way to get a vehicle to the camp, so they decided to get a boat to rescue the campers, the instructors and Minchich.

Donna Gazalski, who lives a few doors down from Sand Lot Sports, described Thursday’s flooding as "crazy."

"It’s bad here, but just a little bit farther down the road, it’s a lot worse," she said.

Residents in the area told KHOU 11 News they are used to some flooding, because Little Cypress Creek is nearby.

But they said they’ve never seen it get quite as bad as it did Thursday.

 

 

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