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Now for a flood warning

Sonny Long

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


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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