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July 15, 2013

Rains bring break from heat

Corsicana — While other areas received more rainfall than most of Navarro County did over the weekend, the showers and cooler temperatures were a welcome break from heat.

Reports from Navarro County show rainfall amounts from .85 at Richland to 1.18 inches at Navarro Mills Lake through Monday afternoon. Just under one inch was measured at Corsicana Airport through midday Monday. A Flash Flood Watch with continued showers was in the forecast through 9 p.m. Monday.

Rainfall amounts of 2 to 3 inches were common across other areas, including 2.45 inches at Waco in McLennan County, 2.21 inches at Groesbeck in Limestone County, 1.31 inches at Waxahachie, 1.67 in Athens, and 1.76 inches in Hillsboro.

In addition to the rainfall, a dramatic drop in temperatures brought some much needed relief to the recent heat in the region.

Corsicana reached 102 degrees Saturday, but topped out at 76 degrees on Sunday — a difference of 26 degrees. Temperatures on Monday with continued light rainfall were on track for a high near that recorded on Sunday.

Chances of more rain remain in the forecast for the Corsicana area throughout the week, with temperatures expected to slowly climb back up to the 90-degree range by week’s end, with rainfall probability ending Thursday evening.

The rainfall brought with it some thunderstorms across north Texas that resulted in numerous power outages in the region.

More than 10,000 homes and businesses lost power during thunderstorms that soaked parts of Texas and left one person slightly hurt.

Dallas-based Oncor reported more than 7,400 homes and businesses without power Monday in north and central parts of Texas, along with points west including Midland and Odessa.

Around 600 customers in Corsicana were left in the dark Sunday afternoon when a power outage hit, knocking out several businesses in the busy Corsicana Crossing area, including the Cinergy Cinema and several of the restaurants in the area.

Even as north Texas saw some relief with the weekend rains, drought conditions are still prevalent across the state.

Gov. Rick Perry has renewed a drought disaster proclamation for much of the state, including some of Texas' most populated areas.

The proclamation allows impacted counties to receive private and public assistance to deal with a drought that has been lingering in some areas since late 2010. The proclamation includes Dallas and the Austin area.

Much of Texas has been struggling with drought for about three years.

In 2011, a historic one-year dry spell parched the state, making water issues a top priority for lawmakers in their most recent legislative session. They set aside $2 billion for a new fund that would help build key infrastructure to ensure the state has enough water for its rapidly growing population.

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