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Thunderstorms cause flood of problems

By KBell
Aug. 31, 2010 at 3:31 a.m.

City of Victoria workers close North Laurent Street due to flooding on Tuesday.

Afternoon thunderstorms caused a number of problems in Victoria on Tuesday.

The Victoria Fire Department and Victoria Police Department responded to at least two incidents of cars stalled in high water.

One car was a Ford Mustang stalled in front of the VFW on Lova Drive. Lt. Russell Chambers, of the fire department, said a young woman drove the car into standing water. The water stood about a foot-and-a-half above the road in places between Meadowlane and Morningside streets on Lova Drive.

Three cars were reported stalled at the intersection of Ben Wilson Street and Red River Street, said O.C. Garza, Victoria's public information officer.

There were no injuries or water rescues, fire Battalion Chief Tracy Fox said.

The National Weather Service forecaster said there were also reports of disabled vehicles at the intersection of Commercial and Laurent streets, the intersection of Main Street and Loop 463 and in the 3100 North Ben Wilson Street.

A tree was reported to have toppled over in the 3000 block of Oak Lawn during the height of the storm.

Garza said crews worked to remove what they described as a fairly large tree from the roadway.

The city also had reports of stopped-up drains, power outages and manholes that had been uncovered, Garza said.

Radar showed Victoria received between 4 to 6 inches of rain, mostly in the southeast part of town.

"This is typical in low areas in the community for that type of rain storm," Garza said of the problems caused by the afternoon-long storm.

The weather service said a flash-flood warning that lasted until 5:15 p.m. was caused by a slow-moving thunderstorm.

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