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June 25, 2014

Rainfall leaves flooded streets, creeks in its wake

Corsicana — It was (A) a good, old fashioned soaker; (B) a toad strangler; or (C) a gully-washer — take your pick.

Wednesday’s mid-day rainfall came with a vengeance in Navarro County, leading to flooded roads, closed streets and slowed traffic during the busy lunch hour.

The first week of Summer 2014 has brought with it some significant rainfall in North Texas at a time when some of the region’s reservoirs are at all-time lows.

At midday, the National Weather Service reported Corsicana had received over 4.25 inches of rainfall from noon Tuesday through noon Wednesday.

The deluge sent police and public works crews scrambling to close down Oaklawn Drive through Community Park, where water filled the creek and came across the park completely covering the roadway through it.

Crews were also diverting traffic on North Business 45 just north of East First Avenue at the railroad underpass, an area that, along with Oaklawn, will typically flood in heavy rainfall conditions.

Social media reports of flooding on Northwood Blvd. were also received, with one person observing water over the roadway and “halfway up their door” of a vehicle traveling in the noon hour.

“We had our hands full there for a while,” said Corsicana Police Chief Randy Bratton, as police were helping to close down the flooded area. “If it had rained much longer than it did we would have had some serious problems. The ground is already saturated.”

Eric Ryan Meyers, Navarro County’s emergency management coordinator, said more rain is possible each day during the week.

“I would imagine if we see any more rain or re-development of storms on Thursday, there will likely be flood warnings for the area,” Meyers said.

Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan said his agency assisted in one rescue of a stranded motorist in high water in Community Park.

“The water had gotten into her car and was up to the bottom of the car seat,” McMullan said.

Firefighters helped the woman to safety, and while wading through the water, had to stop another vehicle trying to drive through the standing water on the roadway,” McMullan said.

“They wanted to drive right through,” McMullan said. “We had to stop them.”

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Bob Belcher may be reached by email at bbelcher@corsicanadailysun.com

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