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Pictures, clothes, and $30,000 worth of renovations all fall victim to heavy rains in Rosebud Thursday morning.

A mother and daughter made it out of their house safe, but the place their family has called home for more than 60 years didn't survive.

Bins of clothes, photo albums, and all her other possessions were floating around Rachel McQuire's home when she woke up early Thursday morning.

"I realized that all my flooring was covered with water," Rachel said, "about six inches of water."

Quite a bit more in some places when the rain finally stopped.

Firefighters came and got Rachel, her daughter Harley, and their two dogs out. They stepped off the porch into waist-deep water.

"It was scary," Harley said. "Very scary."

They couldn't take anything with them.

The worst part was "leaving everything in there that belonged to my dad," said Harley.

Gordon McQuire died last January.

His clothes, pictures, memories, now under water.

"It was a nightmare," Rachel said.

Then when the sun rose, the task of figuring out what survived in the house that's been in her family since the '50s.

The floors are ruined, covered in mud and peeling up. The cabinets, couches, beds -- all water-logged. Around $30,000 in recent renovations, washed away.

"I put so much work and this is the way I wanted it," Rachel said, "so I thought I'm meant to be here."

A four-wheeler that won't start, a flooded motorcycle, and three drenched cars.

A Corvette was almost completely submerged. And even though it probably took the worst of it, they came outside this morning to find their other two cars also under water.
One of them, a truck, was Gordon's; another memory.

"There's a lot for me to figure out in the next few days."

One bright spot: A little care, and the family photos will be just fine.

Rachel was on the phone with her insurance companies at the start of business. The cars will be taken care of, but she doesn't have flood insurance for her house.

And there are some long days ahead for even more homeowners in Falls and Milam counties.

Heavy rains drenched those communities, flooding creeks and leaving many wondering where their property went.

There aren't no reports of serious injuries or deaths resulting from Thursday morning's storms, but there are plenty of people hurting financially.

"Didn't know it was going to be quite as big of a problem as it is," said Milam County farmer and USDA soil scientist Richard Reid.

He farms a lot of this area. He woke up with waterfront property.

Little Pond Creek, usually dry, was now a raging river.

"I don't think this area has seen this much rain in quite a while."

Reid just finished building his house last month. The water rose to within a few feet of it.

A barn on his property was under three feet of water. Full bottles of chemicals, spare parts, even a trailer, downstream.

He's out thousands of dollars, if not more.

Along with all that stuff that washed away, there's a bunch of equipment in the barn that didn't. If silt got into a diesel tank, that's 800 gallons of useless fuel. And a new transmission in his tractor would run $20,000 if it's damaged.

"The fire truck backing up, their 'beep beep beep' woke me up," said Brenda Webb of Rosebud. "I got up, looked out, I said, 'Oh my gosh, we've got water everywhere.'"

She stepped out of her home on Highway 77 into knee-deep water. The flood was moving quickly enough to move heavy stumps, a whole pallet of plywood, a 15-pound metal box of tools.

"Compared to life and your whole house, we feel fortunate," Webb said.

Elsewhere, rains covered roads in debris.

A tractor-trailer hydroplaned early Thursday on a bridge south of Rosebud and slammed into the guardrail.

But the biggest damage may be to the future of area farms.

"We got to keep smiling about it, though," Reid said. "Just keep praying."

And hoping the soil is in good enough shape to plant crops on time.

Pretty much all the roads leading into Rosebud were closed Thursday morning because of the rain.

A couple houses and apartments took on some water, too, but there weren't any significant evacuations.

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