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Parker County residents asked to leave again after returning home

Staff Report
The Associated Press

WEATHERFORD, Texas (AP) - A few hours after returning home, storm-weary residents along the rain-swollen Brazos River learned that they may have to leave for the night.  The river was expected to rise over flood stage, after Brazos River Authority officials opened a fourth flood gate at Possum Kingdom Lake this afternoon. 

Parker County officials urged residents to seek higher ground for the night, saying that flood waters could re-enter homes that had been flooded earlier last week.  Fort Worth officials also closed Lake Worth and its public docks to boaters and swimmers because of high water and debris.

Storms have claimed 11 lives since last week in North and Central Texas. Authorities were also still searching for two 20-year-old men from Leander whose Jeep Cherokee was found
submerged in a creek.  About 100 people in the Canyon Ridge subdivision near Marble Falls remained stranded for a fourth day. Flood and water damage made roads impassable.

Meanwhile, water levels at Lake Leon in Eastland County contined to recede and energy companies were cleared to begin restoring power. But officials say some flooded roads remained closed and only residents with proper identification could gain access to some areas.

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