Heavy storms late Sunday night and early Monday morning dropped nearly nine inches of rain on portions of Fannin County, officials with the National Weather Service said Monday. Despite the heavy rains and winds that gusted up to 70 miles per hour, damage seemed minimal throughout the area, Grayson County Office of Emergency Management officials said.
That storm came just two days after a separate storm system blew through the region leaving wind damage to trees and structures, and power outages in its wake. Friday’s storms left nearly 2,200 residents without power Friday night and into Saturday.
“(There are) no reports of significant damage from last night (and) no real updates on Friday either,” Grayson County Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Sarah Somers said Monday in a text message. “Because it is a holiday, most folks are just going about the business of cleaning up.”
National Weather Service Meteorologist Jennifer Dunn said the Fort Worth office had received no reports of significant weather or damage from Sunday’s storms. Rainfall from the system varied widely based on location, she said, noting portions of Grayson County received anywhere from about 0.1 inches of rain to just over an inch of precipitation. About 0.6 inches of rain was recorded at North Texas Regional Airport — Perrin Field, Dunn said.
The highest winds in the storm were reported near Durant, where gusts close to 70 mph were recorded, she said.
Meanwhile, Fannin County appears to have gotten the brunt of the rainfall, with reports of nearly nine inches of precipitation as the system continued to drop rainfall on the region throughout the night, she said. Fannin County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Brewer said he was uncertain about the nine inches of rainfall that was reported. However, areas near Telephone were reporting nearly seven inches of rain, he said.
Despite this, damage appears to be minimal from the storm, and was limited to broken tree limbs and flooding in low-lying areas that are prone to flooding, he said.
After reporting minimal damage to trees due to wind in Denison, Fire Chief Gregg Loyd said the department temporarily lost radio support for about two and a half hours during the storm. The department has lost power in the past, Loyd said, but this was the first time that the radio system has been knocked offline during a storm. During the interim, Loyd said the department used the police department channels for communications.
“We’ve had outages before, but people who have been here longer than me cannot recall this ever happening,” he said.
The issue appears to be related to a repeater located on Parkdale Lane, he said. By Monday morning, the radio channel was restored, but Loyd said he has yet to look into the outage. Loyd added that he is considering adding a backup repeater unit to the location to prevent this from happening again in the future.
In addition to the radio outage, Loyd said the department received some reports of temporary construction signs near U.S. Highway 75 and Morton Street blowing into traffic and striking cars during Sunday’s storms. However, damage seemed to be minimal and the signs did not cause any wrecks, he said.
Calls to the city of Sherman for comment on Sunday’s storms were not immediately returned Monday.
Somers said damage from Friday’s storms were mostly restricted to fences, trees and power poles and some manufactured homes. When asked where the damage seemed to be focused, Somers said it was mostly small, isolated incidents across the county, including areas near Denison, Pottsboro, Whitewright, Sherman, Luella, Gunter and Howe.
When Yonika Emmons Wilson returned to her residence in Sherman Saturday morning, she was greeted by water damage that occurred when the roof of her home was blown off during the storm. Estimates for the damage are at least $3,000, she said. Since then, the owner of the home has put a tarp over the roof and told Wilson she can stay at the property for now.
“I will not let my kids inside the house because the ceiling is falling in due to the water in the insulation,” she said via Facebook message.
Wilson said she plans to go to the home Tuesday to collect what she can from the home. Currently, she is living with family until the issue can be resolved, she said.
“(I’m) not sure what next week or month holds for my family,” she said.