Couple’s home swept

June 25, 2014

GROUNDED: This four-bedroom, double-wide mobile home was a total loss after it was pushed off its foundation by rushing floodwaters Sunday morning on Quail Ridge Court in the Quail Ridge Acres subdivision northeast of Granbury. It had been home to Faye Herring (center) and her husband Don Herring (not pictured) since 1985 when they moved to Hood County from Grand Prairie. Also pictured are their son Richard Herring (left) and his wife Becky Herring. Faye said the home has flood insurance, but they will be moving elsewhere in the county.

Don and Faye Herring only thought they were going to return home from church, just as they would on any normal Sunday.

But this was no ordinary Sunday.

Instead, they will be looking for a different home in a new location.

Damage caused by raging floodwaters from Rucker Creek destroyed the four-bedroom mobile home in the 1000 block of North Blue Quail Court in the Waples area northeast of Granbury.

It was dislodged from its foundation and moved forward toward the road, approximately the length of the house. Nature’s force also caused the double-wide structure to partially split at the seam where it had been put together.

“When we got back, we couldn’t get in (the neighborhood),” Faye said, referring to the road being shut down because of high water.

Although they had home flood insurance, Faye got emotional as her son Richard and his wife Becky drew closer to offer support. Faye explained that the multiple losses – such as her photographs and other mementos – were among the most upsetting things to deal with during the ordeal.

“Lots of things,” said Faye, 72. “Life savings. Life work. A lot of hard work. A lot of memories all the way back from the ’30s. A lot of them are ruined.”

She said she and her 77-year-old disabled husband will be able to stay with their daughter Donna Amador for now. But Faye indicated she does know where they will be living in the future.

“We will try to find another place to build another one,” Faye said of the house.

This wasn’t their first flood experience – but it was the worst.

“I guess we’ve had three or four, but it was never this bad,” Faye said. “I don’t want to go through it anymore.”

Their son Richard and a nephew rode an all-terrain vehicle to get to the house Sunday evening to retrieve medication Don needed before the flood level on the low-water crossing down the street had receded.

Faye and Don were finally able to get to the house to start looking at the damage by about 8:30 a.m. Monday.

Two porches and a patio were carried away from the home by the water.

A garden tiller and a mowing tractor had been in a shed, but ended up underneath their neighbor’s mobile home.

Those neighbors, Matt Williams and his wife Bea Byrd, also lost their home of 20 years.

Matt and Bea were out of town when it flooded, but Bea’s 79-year-old mother Lydia Byrd was home. She was rescued by Pecan Plantation firefighters.

“They won’t insure us,” said Matt, who is a painter. “We lost everything. We had about eight inches of water in the house. I lost all my tools in the shed. My work truck is toast.”

Their 1984 Nissan was swept away by the water, and they also had three other vehicles flooded.

Those five vehicles had only liability insurance.

Matt wasn’t sure about the condition of his fully insured Harley-Davidson motorcycle, which was inside a room in the back of the home that had collapsed.

When asked if they had made any decision on where they may go from here, Matt said, “We’re working on it. They’re referring us to Mission Granbury.”

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