Friday, June 2 will likely be a day to remember for the folks in Throckmorton County, as over eight-and-a-half inches of water drowned the small Big Country town – leaving more than just a watermark.
Cleanup began Friday afternoon, following one of the biggest downpours Throckmorton has seen in some time.
“Last couple of years, we’ve had a pretty significant amount of rainfall in a quick amount of time, but nothing to this extent,” Brady Ash said.
Once a youth baseball field...now a mud pit. Or how about just across the street, where a Cadillac SUV tried to cross, but didn’t make it.
This downpour hit Ash’s handyman supply store, but his business was the least of his worries.
“You kinda go into the fight or flight. It’s kinda like you don’t have time to feel sorry for yourself or whatever. I was more worried about my next-door neighbor, who had some little ones. I was more concerned about getting them to safety. The store was secondary in my mindset at that time.”
But of course, when it rains, it pours. Unfortunately, Ash was without flood insurance.
“My family opened this in 1999, and they have never had issues with flooding. I’ve only heard of it happening one other time. It’s just things that can be replaced. Inventory loss, that’s all that we experienced. No structural damage, so just pick yourself up by the bootstraps and carry on.”
As this local hardware store -- along with the rest of Throckmorton -- begins to recover, this town is fortunate enough to do it together, as Mayor William Carroll informed Fox 15 that no one was injured during the flood.