As residents slept, the skies opened up overnight and in the early hours of Saturday morning, covering parts of Sweeny in up to a foot of water, canceling most of Sweeny Pride Day and putting as many resources as possible into preventing water damage.

"We're blocking off flooded roads everywhere we're finding them," Sweeny Fire Chief Roger Barton said late Saturday morning. "We're trying to keep water out of people's houses the best we can by keeping traffic from going down roads where the water was covering them. As people call in and tell us where there's water, we send trucks out to block the road or set up barricades."

Teresa Dowling, Nick Irene, Corinna Richardson and Wes Wolfe contributed to this story.

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