Residents seek help with swampy situation

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The wet weather in our forecast is adding to an already soggy situation for some Bowie County residents. 

One homeowner said drainage issues from the interstate are flooding her land. 

“It just floods, and floods, and floods, and floods,” said Barbara Lockaby.

Lockaby’s family has lived in Bowie County for decades.

“My great grandparents were here, my parents were here, and this is my home,” she said. 

Her acre of property is now looking more like swamp land.

Flood waters eroded Lockaby’s home to the point she had to move out. She moved into a new home just behind it. 

Lockaby said the water is coming from Interstate 30.

“They have these culverts that the water usually drains through,” said Lockaby. “It no longer drains, it just stays there, it’s like a swamp.
 
She said she’s reached out to several agencies for help, but so far hasn’t received any assistance in diverting the flow of water. 
 
“That would be a blessing, if it would just drain like it used to, you know?” said Lockaby.
 
We reached out to the Texas Department of Transportation, and officials told NBC 6 they are planning to investigate for possible solutions to Lockaby’s drainage concerns. They said her home may be located in a floodplain.

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