downpourIn East Texas, a sudden flash flood, an occasional hazard in the arid area, reminds us that anything can kill you, even Dihydrogen Monoxide.

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 ( ).

“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.”

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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.

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4 thoughts on “When Guns are Outlawed, Only Outlaws will have Floods


There were a few instances in Oz just before I left of houses in certain new subdivisions getting washed out. The zoning guys and the hydrologists should have some ‘splainin’ to do regarding culpability in releasing known flood plains for residential development, but that’s not the world we live in any more.


I was in Houston for the flood of ’94. 22″ of rain in 48 hrs and 31″ in the week. Never seen anything like it. Living in the mountains now, its obvious that big rain = flooding in the low areas but seriously deep water it a fairly flat area like that….it just kept rising.

Al T.

Lost several folks here last fall in the flood. Most, IIRC, were folks who drove into deep water. I did not realize this, but apparently most cars & trucks now have electric windows. No electricity, no rolling down the window.


Father pleas comfort the families. Amen.