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Heavy rains drench Victoria (w/video)

By Victoria Advocate
July 5, 2014 at 2:05 a.m.

A vehicle splashes through a completely flooded portion of Red River Street between Laurent and Ben Jordan streets about 3 p.m. Saturday. The water rose above the curbs, causing many motorists to turn around and take another route.

A short-lived thunderstorm dumped heavy rains Saturday afternoon on Victoria, triggering street flooding, choking storm sewers and causing motorists to proceed with caution as they traveled.

No severe injuries or stranded vehicles were immediately reported by Victoria police.

A section of Red River Street between Laurent and Ben Jordan streets was among several streets covered with several inches of water, which eventually drained away.

And there were reports of scattered power outages across the city, causing the traffic lights at some intersections, such as Navarro and Rio Grande streets, to flash red.

Ian Blaylock, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi, said downtown Victoria and the south part of the city were hit the hardest. The storm arrived about 2 p.m. and lingered for about an hour.

Blaylock said he could not calculate the total rainfall because the weather service's primary rainfall gauge is at the Victoria Municipal Airport, which did not catch the brunt of the storm.

Sunday, much of the Crossroads can expect about a 20 percent chance of rain with a high temperature in the lower 90s.

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