Merta White was waiting to be rescued from the roof of her house when she saw a bump in the water, the Palestine Herald-Press reported (http://bit.ly/1QHo5Cn ).
“I thought it was a mailbox, but then I realized what it really was, and I started screaming,” she said of seeing the body.
The bodies of two of the children were found in the front yard of a residence near the street. A continued search found the bodies Asberry and the two other children.
“The water came down the hill,” Muniz said. “The street was full of mud, so the water just came up. With the enormous amount of rain we had, we had people tell us that within minutes, the water was waist deep.”
The bodies were a grandmother and her four grade-school-aged grandchildren of Palestine, Texas.
64-year-old Lenda Asberry and her grandchildren 6-year-old Jamonicka Johnson; 7-year-old Von Anthony Johnson Jr.; 8-year-old Devonte Asberry and 9-year-old Venetia Asberry.
They seem to have had no chance at all.
Capt. James Muniz of the Palestine Police Department told The Associated Press that six to 10 homes in a Palestine cul-de-sac were severely damaged following heavy rainfall over the course of just a few minutes after midnight. All other residents of the cul-de-sac were accounted for, he said.
“The water got up here extraordinarily quickly. The individuals tried to get out, however the water was already on the roof of the home,” Muniz said
Treasure your life, and treasure your loved ones. A few minutes rain is all that it took to break the hearts of this family’s survivors.