EAGLE PASS, Texas -- The low-lying neighborhood of Seco Mines was swamped on Friday as heavy rains pounded Eagle Pass and other Texas border towns.
Residents told KENS 5's Dillon Collier it only took about 30 minutes for the Seco Creek to overflow.
It's not unusual for the creek to overflow during a heavy downpour, residents said, but usually the city will call for residents to evacuate their homes.
No such evacuation orders were ever given, but residents took it upon themselves to get out.
Choking back tears, Jessica Hernandez said she woke up around 10 a.m. to the sound of water rushing through her home.
She grabbed her kids and headed for higher ground as nearly three feet of water washed through the neighborhood.
We lost everything. We don't have anything. But the good thing is that we got out. she said, holding back tears.
Her son and daughter drew near and gave her a comforting squeeze -- it's OK.
It's going to be hard, Hernandez continued, but we're going to start all over, and that's not going to stop us.
Eagle Pass officials activated the city's emergency management plan around 11 a.m. and opened four evacuation shelters -- at Sam Houston Elementary School, Seco Mines Community center, Nick Carr Center and San Luis Center.
The last of the evacuees were able to head home around 3:30 p.m.
Nobody was killed in the morning floods, however, a house near downtown Eagle Pass was destroyed in a blaze which firefighters said was likely sparked by a lightning strike.
A single dog crate containing about five Chihuahuas was also found along the side of the road. Water had consumed the cage, drowning the animals.