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Storms cause damage, delays across North Texas

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- Rain soaked every corner of Texoma for almost the entire day.

While the storms stopped by Thursday evening, they were still creating a major headache for one homeowner in Denison.

A power line torn down by a tree branch Thursday morning left Joanie Baker and her parents in the dark.

"We have no electricity," Baker said. "My mom is on oxygen full-time and I've contacted the oxygen company and they came out and brought us extra tanks to last us until we get the electricity back on."

The limb yanked the electric meter and breaker box off the side of the Denison home.

Everett Taylor with Everett Taylor Electric says the line was still live when he arrived.

"It could cause a fire in the house. The wires melt because they get too hot the breaker doesn't trip and it could cause a total rewire if not a fire," Taylor said.

But Baker feels fortunate.

A photo her brother text her from outside his home in Sanger showed an SUV half submerged in floodwater.

Rushing water along I-35 brought traffic to a complete stop.


Cooke County officials say 25 drivers got stuck in the water and first responders had to perform 10 high-water rescues.

"A lot of the roadways you just can't get from one city to the next, and even emergency personnel are having difficulty getting to people in trouble due to the high water conditions," Darla Barr, Cooke County Game Warden, said.

In Sherman, water run-off raged, fortunately, where it should.

In Denison, water covering Morton Street caused little more than a splash.

In the early morning hours a section of Highway 75 in Sherman was closed but not from flooding.

It had to be shut down at Center Street for about 40 minutes Thursday morning while ONCOR crews worked to repair a down power line.

Wind is likely to blame.

Baker says she isn't sure what caused the branch in her backyard to break but knows the side effects of the storm may be far from over even after the lights come back on.

"We still have more to expect," Baker said. "There's a lot of trees that are dead around here that need to be taken down and that's going to be the next battle."