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By Sonny Long
July 12, 2012 at 2:12 a.m.


CROSSROADS RAINFALL TOTALS (7/11/12)

• Victoria County - 2.59 inches

• Calhoun County - 3.49 inches

• DeWitt County - 9 inches

• Goliad County - 2.5 inches

• Jackson County - 8 to 9 inches

• Lavaca County - 2.5 inches

• Refugio - 5 to 8 inches

SOURCES: Rainfall totals include official National Weather Service reports from the Victoria Regional Airport and Calhoun County Airport. Goliad County report comes from city sewer plant rain gauge. Other reports are anecdotal from various sources.

RECORD RAINY DAY

Victoria shattered the July 11 record for rainfall. The official rainfall total at the Victoria Airport was 2.59 inches, easily eclipsing the previous record of .91 of an inch set in 1961. For the year, Victoria has, through Wednesday, received 17.7 inches of rain. That total is 4 inches less than normal and four inches more than Victoria received in all of 2011.

Source: National Weather Service

As the rainfall tapers off, officials begin watching regional waterways for possible flooding.

The Crossroads got soaked Wednesday with reports of up to 9 inches of rain in some areas.

Anecdotal reports from regular rainfall observers and other residents in Jackson and DeWitt counties included totals of up to 9 inches while reports near Inez topped the gauge at 7 inches.

Officially, the National Weather Service recorded 3.49 inches at the Calhoun County Airport.

The drenching did not cause any significant problems in the county.

"We had no major issues. There were some road closures and some with water over the road, but still passable," said Ladonna Thigpen, Calhoun County Emergency Management coordinator.

All roads were open by Thursday morning.

The rain began about 5 a.m. in Calhoun County and was light but consistent most of the day. The heaviest downpour came between noon and 1 p.m., when more than 1.5 inches fell.

On Tuesday, Goliad reported 3.5 inches at the city sewer plant, while other areas got little rain, and on Thursday, an anecdotal report of 4 inches came in from Yoakum with only traces of rain throughout other areas of the Crossroads.

Rain continues in the forecasts with a 50-percent chance Friday and Saturday and a 30-percent chance on Sunday in Victoria and Port Lavaca.

The National Weather Service has also issued a flood warning for the Guadalupe River in Victoria and Calhoun counties beginning Friday morning.

Minor flooding is forecast.

The chances for showers and thunderstorms will remain in the forecast through the middle of next week, according to the weather service.

By the middle of next week, much of the Coastal Bend and Victoria areas may receive an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain.

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