Residents voice frustration at Orange-area floods

- "It was a simple mistake, a manmade mistake," says Tommy Rodgers, a frustrated resident of the flooded Texas town of Orange. "Come on now, you're an engineer and going to let all that water come down on us?"

Mr. Rodgers had plenty more to say:

They had to because the dam was about to burst. If it does, I'm out of here. I'm out of here.

The Orange County Office of Emergency Management released the following two statements on Thursday evening:

  • Citizens are advised that flying drones are dangerous at this time.  There are many official aircrafts surveying the flooded areas and providing valuable information to decision makers on the ground. The flying of drones present a real danger to the aircraft and may present a danger to the people on the ground as well. Please do not fly drones in or near the City of Orange, City of Pinehurst or Eastern Orange County.

  • The flood waters in and around Orange may contain snakes, alligators and other wildlife, as well as, other debris that pose a health risk to humans. Entering the waters could hazardous to your health. Residents are urged to stay out of the water. Please watch small children who may be tempted to play in the flood waters.

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