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Hurricane Alex comes and goes; no injuries or damages reported

July 1, 2010 at 2:01 a.m.

A man gathers wood from a destroyed home after Hurricane Alex hit  Playa Bagdad, in Mexico. While the Crossroads was spared the brunt of Alex, its rain is  expected to remain in the area.

The Crossroads area experienced the expected rainfall from Hurricane Alex, with no injuries or major damages reported.

After making landfall in northern Mexico late Wednesday, Alex was downgraded to a tropical storm Thursday.

According to the National Weather Service, Victoria received 3.05 inches of rain from the storm.

"At this point, that's just a little less than what we expected, but it's still a significant amount," meteorologist Doug Vogelfang said.

The rain caused the Guadalupe River to rise to 8.63 feet in Victoria, a level that is at "action stage," but below flood stage, said Jeb Lacey, Victoria's emergency management coordinator.

That means officials are monitoring river levels, but that it's "nothing to be overly concerned with at this point," Lacey said.

"It's even insignificant compared to the amount of rainfall we just had in May."

The Guadalupe River levels have put Bloomington in a flood warning until next Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Tide levels in Calhoun and Refugio counties rose to 2.5 feet above sea level. Levels are subsiding but are expected to remain around 2 feet Friday, according to the service.

Calhoun County and southern Refugio County were under flash flood warnings Thursday night after receiving 1 to 3 inches of rain on top of already-saturated ground.

The constant rainfall in Refugio prompted Mayor Ray Jaso to reschedule the city's Fourth of July celebrations to Labor Day Weekend.



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