Hewitt city leaders review flood safety measures
Hewitt, TX — It's been about a week since the major flooding occurred in Central Texas, the same flooding that led to the death of a Midway High School graduate who was on his way home from work.
18-year-old Lacharles Montgomery was swept off the roadway in his vehicle by high floodwaters. Since the accident, officials have been looking at ways to keep the roadways safer in extreme rain to prevent further tragedies. Some options include more signage, flood gates, or even flashing lights.
"When we look at the big picture, what is the appropriate response? We're trying to find the right response to mitigate the damage and to try to prevent any further incidents in the future," said Hewitt City Manager Adam Miles.
Montgomery's death was reported as the first flood death in the state for this year. Before last week's rain event, Miles says many longtime residents hadn't ever since flooding that severe.