Brazos River in North Texas expected to crest on Thursday

People in Parker and Hood counties are dealing with rising waters due to heavy rain.

Many people have already evacuated their homes in Horseshoe Bend in Parker County. One person stayed at a Red Cross shelter overnight at Spring Creek Church in Weatherford.

An official said the Brazos River was at moderate flood level at 26.6 feet as of Thursday morning. The river was expected to crest at 27 feet sometime later in the day on Thursday.

The dam was opened at Lake Granbury on Wednesday to provide some relief from flooding upstream.

In the Hood County Emergency Management Office, the county judge and others are keeping a watch on the rain as it moves through the area.

Rescue teams and emergency gear are also here from the state emergency task force.

Governor Greg Abbott visited the emergency operations center in Granbury and said the state will step up to provide the resources needed to recover from the floods. He also urged Texans to think about safety on the roads and to follow evacuation orders.

“Your life is far more important than your property,” he said. “If you're told by local officials to evacuate, heed to that warning.”

There have been at least six flooding deaths across Texas from flooding. The governor has already declared a state of disaster in 31 counties.