FLASH FLOODING: South Texas roads swamped by record rainfall

<font color=000099><b>FLASH FLOODING:</b></font> South Texas roads swamped by record rainfall

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FLASH FLOODING: South Texas roads swamped by record rainfall

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by KENS 5 staff

kens5.com

Posted on May 25, 2013 at 8:52 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 5 at 5:54 PM

SAN ANTONIO -- Torrential rains overnight and into the morning hours Saturday triggered flash flood warnings across South Texas.  Officials also reported numerous high-water rescues  throughout San Antonio.

A flash flood watch remains in effect for many south Texas counties through Sunday morning. Counties in the effected area include: Bexar, Atascosa, Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Gilespie, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Hays, Karnes, Kendall, Lavaca, Lee, Travis, Williamson and Wilson.

Earlier Saturday, Fire Chief Charles Hood told reporters in a press conference San Antonio Fire Department are searching for the body of a woman near Highway-90 and Leon Creek.

Another water search was ongoing between Schertz and Universal City police around FM-1518 and Oak Street.

One death was reported for a 29-year-old woman found behind a store on Nakoma Avenue.

A car had been found abandoned in the 400 block of West Rhapsody. It had been swept underneath a bridge into a culvert.


According to the National Weather Service, Saturday's rainfall event set a record as the second wettest day of all-time.  San Antonio International Airport reported 9.87 inches of rain fall and Nelson W Wolff Municipal Stadium reported up to 8.37 of rain. Over Friday and Saturday rain fall totaled around a foot for San Antonio.

The wettest day ever in San Antonio still stands as October 17, 1998 when San Antonio was slammed with 11.26" of rainfall.
 

Flooded roadways were reported across the San Antonio area, including in downtown. Here's a link to the latest emergency street closures:


If drivers encounter water in the roadway, they are encouraged to turn around.

Bexar County reported 54 rescues Saturday. Over 2,000 people were without power during the floods, according to CPS Energy.

KENS 5 metereologist Jared Silverman said skies will become mostly cloudy Saturday evening with little or no rain.  A 30 percent chance of showers will return after midnight with isolated pockets of heavy rain possible. 

A total of 22 inches fell over that two day period in October of 1998 claiming 31 lives.

Another nine lives were taken over a four-day span of flooding in July of 2002.

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