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Needed rain dumps on Crossroads

By Sonny Long
Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 9, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.

Roy Tribino, who lives in the 100 block of South Street, knows what to expect after a heavy rainfall in Victoria. The downpour Tuesday night and Wednesday morning flooded parts of  South Street because of  poor drainage in the neighborhood, Tribino said. The wake created by passing vehicles pushes water onto his  driveway, washing away his gravel. He said he hopes the city can improve the drainage system to reduce the flooding.

Marie Krause stepped into her Telferner yard Wednesday morning to check the rain gauge - 3 inches.

"I'm loving it. It rained hard for a long time, right over my house," she said. "We need the rain terribly. Not necessarily all at once, but we need it."

By noon, Krause had received about another quarter-inch.

Victoria received about a foot less than normal rainfall in 2012, and received less than 2 inches the last three months of the year.

So far in January, Victoria received .64 of an inch before Wednesday's downpour.

The anticipated rain dumped between 2 to 4 inches in both Victoria and Goliad counties.

"The highest total observed - 4.65 inches - was reported from about 15 miles southwest of Victoria," said Jason Runyen, National Weather Service senior forecaster.

A report of 3.13 inches came in four miles northwest of Goliad, according to the service.

No significant problems were reported in connection with the rainfall although flood warnings were issued into Saturday for the Guadalupe River near Bloomington.

The river could rise above flood stage by Saturday before midnight and continue to rise to almost 21.8 feet by Sunday evening, according to the weather service. Flood stage is 20 feet.

The rain and thunderstorms that hit South Texas were the result of a strong upper-level low-pressure system across Mexico and warm front across the area, said Runyen.

With the weather front passing, Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high near 69 and Friday will be sunny with a high near 74, according to the weather service.

The next chance of rain shows up in forecasts at 20 percent on Friday night, with chances increasing to 50 percent Saturday night and Sunday.

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