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Better weather ahead for Crossroads

By DAVID TEWES
July 8, 2010 at 2:08 a.m.

Carmen Stark holds the umbrella protecting her toddler from the rain that seemingly fell all day long Thursday as she and her son Jethro Gonzales walk near downtown.

AMOUNT OF RAIN

One rain gauge on the Guadalupe River north of Victoria recorded 5.16 inches of rain over a 24-hour period ending about 2 p.m.

ROAD CLOSURES

The county has closed the following roads due to high water.

Parsons Road at Spring Creek Road

Raab Road at Spring Creek Road

Old Refugio Road

Bischoff Road at Arenosa Creek

Benbow Road at Garcitas Creek

Tipton Road at Casa Blanca

Roads will reopen when water recedes.

Improving weather is forecast going into the weekend in the wake of Thursday's torrential rains that had some of Victoria's creeks looking more like rivers.

"We're still looking at a pretty good shot at rainfall Friday," said Zach Finch with the National Weather Service. "But definitely by Saturday and Sunday it should start letting up."

The storms were caused by a tropical depression that moved inland Thursday morning near Brownsville. The system was forecast to continue moving west, taking with it the deep tropical moisture that helped spawn the rain.

One rain gauge on the Guadalupe River north of Victoria recorded 5.16 inches of rain over a 24-hour period ending about 2 p.m. Thursday. The weather service gauge at the Victoria Regional Airport recorded 2.62 inches during the same period.

Finch said there is a 50-percent chance of rain Friday and up to one-half inch of rain could fall. The chance of rain drops to 20 percent Saturday and Sunday.

The Guadalupe River was at 17.4 feet at 8 p.m. Thursday. It is expected to rise above flood stage, which is 21 feet, Friday and crest at 24 feet by Saturday.

The weather service said to expect moderate flooding Friday and Saturday.

The weather service received a report from the public of a funnel cloud near the intersection of Port Lavaca Drive and Ben Jordan Street Thursday morning. No damage was reported.

Lynn Short, Victoria's director of Public Works, said the heavy rain overloaded the city's drainage system.

"We had a lot of drainage calls that we responded to," he said. "Primarily what they were finding was that the system was just so charged because we had so much rain."

Several streets had to be barricaded because of high water, including John Stockbauer Drive between the Houston Highway and Lone Tree Road.

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