Belton deals with damage from floodwaters - KCTV5 News

Belton deals with damage from floodwaters

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A Belton Taco Bueno's roof fell in due to last night's heavy rain. (KCTV) A Belton Taco Bueno's roof fell in due to last night's heavy rain. (KCTV)

Investigators with Taco Bueno’s parent company were in Belton on Thursday to assess damage after the restaurant’s roof fell in.

From the outside, one can see through the windows just how much of the roof fell during the storms on Wednesday night. More than half of the top of the building collapsed.

An orange sign says it is not safe for people to be inside.

No one was inside when this happened before 5 a.m.

Local representatives from the company would not speak on camera, but a regional manager told KCTV5 News that the roof came down after rain pooled overnight.

We reached out to Taco Bueno’s corporate office for comment about the collapse and to see where its employees can go. As of 2 p.m., we had not yet heard back from them.

The Belton Fire Department said the city saw about 6 inches of rain in about four hours. They were called upon to take a look at the damage.

“I was able to look, saw that it was collapsed, made contact with the manager,” said John Sapp, Battalion Chief Belton Fire Department. “She said there’d been nobody in the building.”

The fire department was not at the scene long. Sapp said crews were dealing with other emergencies.

They were making water rescues, retrieving stranded vehicles, and dealing with a house fire.

As of 1:30 p.m., the fire marshal had not ruled out lightning as a cause of the fire. The fire happened in Loch Lloyd was outside of the Belton city limits. However, the department was there to assist.

Outside the Belton Fire Department, the sidewalk was completely covered with water. Once the water receded, all that was left behind was mud.

The water made it all the way to the fire department’s driveway right outside the truck bay doors, which was an obstacle during the busy night.

“This road out here is actually one of our worst areas,” Sapp said. “We had about 4 feet out here.”

“It’s probably as bad as it’s been in 8 or 9 years,” he said.

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