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Rain expected to continue for several days

By JR Ortega
Sept. 18, 2010 at 4:18 a.m.

Michael Cano, 13, splashes through a puddle as he tries to catch a football during a game of catch behind the Victoria Public Library. The group didn't let Saturday's heavy rains deter them from having some fun outside.

THIS WEEK IN RAINy victoriaVictoria year-to-date rainfall total: 42.71 inches (14.07 inches above average)

Average year-to-date rainfall: 28.64.

Year-to-date rainfall total in 2009: 13.07 inches

Victoria County rainfall year-to-date: 29.64 more inches of rain over last year.

SOURCE: National Weather Service meteorologist Tim Tinsley

Rain, rain go away, come again another day.

Many Crossroads residents seemed to share the same sentiments about rain the area has seen and will continue to see until mid-week next week.

Rainfall totals Saturday for Victoria County were at 2.61 inches, breaking the previous record of 2.34 inches for Sept. 18, 1950, National Weather Service meteorologist Douglas Vogelesang said.

The rain began on Thursday and, as the moisture continues to move in from the Gulf of Mexico, residents have a good chance of getting more rain in the next few days, Vogelesang said.

A 60 percent chance of rain continues Sunday, lowering to a 30 percent chance for Sunday evening, he added.

The county had received 3.88 inches of rain this week as of Saturday night.

Erica Alex, a Thomaston resident, is done with the rain.

"I'm sick of it. I want to see some sun," she said.

Alex has been trying to move to Victoria, but each time she begins to load up, the downpour begins, she said.

"It never fails," she continued.

She also worries for her safety on the road because of reckless drivers, she said.

"It's just nasty, yucky, wet weather," she said. "People are just driving like maniacs when it rains."

Lt. Jason Cross, Victoria Police Department, did not know how many weather-related wrecks happened Saturday, but did say people need to slow down when roads are slick.

"A great amount of drivers out there think they can drive like they normally drive, which is what attributes to a large number of accidents," he said.

Though the area has seen a consistent rain, no reports of major flooding have been reported, said Jeb Lacey, Victoria County emergency management coordinator.

Most of the flooding was in ditches and low-lying streets, which drained rapidly after the downpours, he said.

"We're very fortunate that it's consistently raining but not consistently pouring," Lacey said.

The National Weather Service Corpus Christi issued a flood warning until Sunday evening for the Guadalupe River near Bloomington.

As of Saturday, the water was at 19.8 feet.

The flood stage is 20 feet and minor flooding in low lying areas is expected, according to the weather statement.

Lupe Lopez, of Victoria, isn't looking forward to more rain or the possibility of flooding, she said.

The rain did not put a damper on any of her plans, but the mosquitos that follow once the water settles will, she said.

"There's nothing really you can do in the rain," she said.

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