Smithville resident of 30 years says he's never seen flooding like this

This Smithville resident has lived in his home for 31 years. He says this is the worst flooding he's seen from his home.

SMITHVILLE, TEXAS - Dozens of homes are experiencing flooding in Smithville Sunday morning amidst voluntary and mandatory evacuations in Bastrop County due to the rain from Hurricane Harvey.

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According to KVUE's news partners at the Austin American Statesman, at least 25 homes were flooded in Smithville as emergency crews continued to rescue people stuck in water. One of those homeowners affected by flooding was James Breeden. He's lived in his home on 7th Street off and on for 31 years. 

He said he's seen floods near his home before, but he's never seen anything like this before. Breeden let KVUE's Cori Coffin come into his home to take a look at the damage. WATCH:

According to officials, there are five voluntary and mandatory evacuations in Bastrop County:

  • 2-mile lane from FM 153 to Highway 71 under voluntary evacuation
  • 548 and 545 SH 95 north of Bastrop under mandatory evacuation
  • Ponderosa Road south of the 200 block under voluntary evacuation
  • Crafts Praire Road from Mesa Pinto Drive to Ponderosa Road
  • Mandatory evacuations on Highway 95 

There are currently two shelters open to evacuees in Bastrop County. The First United Methodist Church of Bastrop is located at 1201 Main Street and the Smithville Recreation Center located at 106 Gazley Street are open for those who need shelter.

LIST: Hurricane Harvey shelters now open in Central Texas

Crews on Sunday will start to assess the damage from Harvey as it continues to pound Central Texas with rain.

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