Photo: A firefighter walks through a pile of rubble caused by flood waters in Haltom City, Texas, June 18, 2007. (Jessica Rinaldi/Reuters)
GAINESVILLE, Texas---- Torrential overnight rainfall flooded a handful of North Texas towns Monday, killing at least five people and stranding residents and their pets on the roofs of their homes. In Haltom City, a four-year girl died when waters swept her from her mother's arms. Forecasters estimate that at least 20 centimeters of rain fell in some areas. At times, the downpour was estimated at over two centimeters every 15 minutes.
Hardest hit were the towns of Sherman and Gainesville near the Oklahoma border. Most of the downtown area in Gainesville was flooded. Residents and rescuers navigated the waters in boats and jet skis to head to safety.
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