Lake Cisco residents asked to leave their homes as flood moves in


CISCO, Texas - A few Eastland County residents were asked to avoid their homes Thursday evening as Lake Cisco continued to flow over the spillway.

It has been decades since the lake has reached the level seen throughout the past two days.

Lake Cisco was almost six feet over the spillway Thursday and at one point, it rose three feet in just six hours.

Residents were asked to leave their homes and head for higher ground when the flood waters moved in. According to the American Red Cross, at least 70 residents were displaced as a result of the flooding.

"The sheriff's [office] told me I had to get out," Steve Nimr, a Lake Cisco resident, said.

Nimr has lived around the lake since 1990 and has never seen it this high before.

"The most I have seen it rise is maybe nine feet in a week's time and I thought that was impressive, but it was never like this," Nimr said.

Nimr lives alone and doesn't have flood insurance – he said he was able to escape with the clothes on his back and a small bag of belongings "just in time."

"They said when they rescued me, 'You gotta get out now,' and they were telling me [the lake] was coming up an inch a minute," Nimr said.

Thursday evening, the raging flood waters from the lake ripped through State Highway 6 north of Cisco, splitting the roadway in half.

TxDOT has since closed the area to motorists.

The flash floods also affected the city's water supply. Because Cisco's water plant was flooded, the city was placed under Stage 3 water restrictions Thursday. Residents are being asked to conserve as much water as possible.

According to a statement sent out by the city of Cisco, all outdoor watering is prohibited and water should be used only for essential functions until further notice. Cisco was also placed under a boil water notice Thursday.

With more rain in the area Thursday night, it is too early to tell when residents will be able to return to their homes or when roads will be repaired.

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