Storms Bring Rain, Floods, and a Roaring River To The South Plains
Remember when it seemed like it would never rain again? Now some might be wondering if the rain will ever stop (it will). While Thursday night may have been calm on the South Plains, storms are in the forecast for Friday and beyond. And all of this rain is starting to lead to flooding in some areas.
On Thursday, Highway 87 was closed from FM 211 south near O'Donnell due to flooding. In Garza County on Thursday, the Sheriff's Department discouraged travel due to flooding and according to KAMC there were flooded roads in Dawson County and Lynn County as well.
The Dawson County Sheriff’s Office said Highway 87 from Tahoka to Lubbock has been closed due to flooding. The Garza County Sheriff’s Office highly discourages travel at this time. “Every road and highway in and out of post,” they said.
Texas Department of Transportation said a portion of 380 in Lynn County was closed.
One of the most impressive sights has been the flow of the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River in Garza County. You've probably driven over the bridge in Justiceburg, looked over the side and saw little to no water on most days. But not on Thursday. The widespread rain has awakened the river and sent tons of water into Lake Alan Henry. A post on Twitter captured the images.
And if you thought the rain was over, think again. The possibility of more rain and severe weather return on Friday according to the National Weather Service. In fact, rain chances remain in the forecast all the way through next Thursday according to the latest forecast on Thursday. That doesn't mean everyone will get rain or flooding rain or even severe weather, but the chances are there. So be paying attention.
KFYO will keep you up to date with severe weather chances.