Heavy rain hits parts of area

Sonny Long

March 29, 2012 at 10:02 p.m.
Updated March 28, 2012 at 10:29 p.m.

Mother Nature poured down on portions of the Crossroads on Thursday.

"Some very slow moving thunderstorms came through the area," said Penny Zabel, National Weather Service meteorologist. "They were developing on top of themselves. Most of them were isolated in the hardest hit areas."

Zabel said volunteer observers reported rainfall accumulations of 7.5 inches in Karnes County and 6.22 inches in DeWitt County, south of Yoakum.

The immediate Victoria area received less than 1/2 an inch, Zabel said.

In DeWitt County, calls about high water began coming into sheriff's office dispatchers about 4:40 p.m.

The worst hit areas in DeWitt County were Farm-to-Market Road 1447 and Farm-to-Market 682 where water was reported over the roadways. By Thursday morning, all roads were clear and passable.

Power outages were scattered and brief, except in Beeville where 7,000 customers were without power for less than two hours starting about 7 p.m., said Elgin Janssen, spokesman for American Electric Power Company.

"The affected areas were mostly west and north of our service area," Janssen said. "Beeville experienced a very large outage when relays tripped two main transformers in the Beeville Substation. Other scattered outages included some customers in Karnes County."

In Karnes County, the southbound lane of Farm-to-Market Road 792 washed out and was closed until 2:20 p.m. Thursday, said Tom Tagliabue of the Texas Department of Transportation.

Farm-to-Market Road 1353 that had been closed overnight, reopened Thursday morning.



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