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Saturday’s storms drop 4.2 inches on city

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Nearly all of the 4.2 inches of rain which pelted Sulphur Springs this weekend fell Saturday, resulting in a few harried hours for police and firemen who worked to keep motorists off the temporarily closed roads and water rescues of motorists who did not heed the storm weather motto to “turn around, don’t drown.”

In the early hours Saturday before 7 a.m., the first round of the storm system which spanned numerous states, the city was drenched with 1.67 inches of rain. The cells slacked off briefly around 8 a.m., but by 10 a.m. was in full force hammering the city in several waves.

City streets had yet to recover from the early morning rain, causing several low-lying streets in main areas of town to flood and a small creek running alongside one residential area to overflow into yards and roads.

The South Broadway Street-Gilmer Street strip, around the railroad tracks from Oak Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Drive to  Davis Street at Hinnant Street, Carter Street at Bill Bradford Road and Davis Street at Ashcroft Street flooded and were temporarily impassable from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Cars were stranded in the water.

Motorists also became stranded in their vehicles on College Street and Jefferson Streets. Texas Street from about Peach Street to Lee Street flooded and barricades had to be installed because the rapidly rising water in that and nearby streets was trapping motorists in vehicles which were being carried with the tide. One officer reported that “there is an elderly gentleman going going 10 knots down Davis Street in his vehicle” at one point.

Overall, city officers and firemen were called on to battle the knee-to-waist-deep water to assist people in getting out of their vehicle. At one point, the county’s environmental investigators and sheriff’s deputies assisted in blocking off flooded city streets to keep additional motorists from going into the water.

City and county officers had to warn youngsters to get out of the creeks as the heavily flowing water could quickly become dangerous due to the storm.

The brunt of the storm had passed through the county by 4 p.m. Saturday, and most streets, although a bit waterlogged, had reopened.

 

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