Early morning rains Thursday breached the banks of Onion Creek, causing a Halloween flood event nobody was expecting.
Local responders say about 100 people were rescued from the area, many people were trapped on rooftops and in their attics waiting for emergency crews to arrive.
"I didn't really think it was a flood zone, but it really is," flood victim Samuel Coleman said. “When it started coming in the house, we figured it wouldn't come in. We didn't expect it. Within minutes, [it was] up to our waist.”
Retired Army 1st Sergeant Joe Mancias and his family didn't have enough time to seek higher ground.
"About 6 o'clock when I got up, heard some noise going on outside,” Mancias said. “About 30 minutes later, I got a foot of water inside my house."
Moments later, the incoming flood waters at the Mancias household were waist-deep. Everyone from the family is accounted for, including their 17-year-old pet python, Pirate Jack, their two pit bulls and favorite feline family member, named Monster.
"I'm so grateful. Everybody is here,” Evette Mancias said. “Everybody is accounted for, and that's all that matters."
Other neighbors relied on emergency personnel for help, and even good Samaritans risked danger to help children impacted by the storm.