Heavy Rain Kills At Least 2, Floods Gainesville, Sherman

Authorities Search For 3 After Mobile Home Washed Away By Floodwaters

POSTED: 2:36 pm CDT June 14, 2007
UPDATED: 8:16 pm CDT June 18, 2007

GAINESVILLE, Texas -- Heavy rain swept away a 4-year-old girl, damaged 140 mobile homes in Haltom City and left much of Gainesville and Sherman underwater, forcing families onto their rooftops Monday morning.

Cpl. Mike Linnell of the Texas Department of Public Safety said the swollen Pecan Creek swept away a trailer with two girls, ages 2 and 4, their mother and their grandmother inside.

Officials were searching for other missing people in the area Monday, but Linnell didn't know how many. Gov. Rick Perry dispatched three helicopters and other Texas National Guard troops and equipment to help with searches around the state.

The girls' trailer floated a short distance early Monday before getting stuck against a bridge, then all four occupants fell out, Linnell said. The mother was holding the girls but lost her grip; she was hospitalized and said she last remembered being rescued from a tree, Linnell said.

A woman identified by Linnell and a family friend as the children's other grandmother was sobbing as she walked down the street near the search area.

"She got thrown out. And that's the last thing she remembers," the woman, who declined to give her name, said tearfully. "I just want to find my babies."

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