Record Rainfall Makes For Messy Commute


We've been lacking in rainfall the past few weeks, and Thursday night, Mother Nature made up for it.

The storms dumped more than four inches of rain in some areas in less than four hours.

That caused widespread flash-flooding and quite a few traffic accidents.

The storm system also produced hail.

Residents in south College Station reported marble to one inch-sized hail.

There have been no major reports of damage from this storm, but the Madison County Sheriff says trees were uprooted near Madisonville that blocked traffic in some areas this evening.

Bryan experienced record-breaking rainfall in a matter of hours, thanks to some pretty heavy thunderstorms.

Torrential rain from those thunderstorms flooded streets and parking lots, and caused quite a few wrecks across Bryan-College Station.

Floodwaters even poured into the College Station City Hall Thursday night.

News 3 took a look at what three inches of rain will do.

Burton Creek was resembling a river more than a creek with this dose of heavy rain.

You could how fast this water is moving.

Something you definitely want to keep a safe distance away from.

While the rain is welcome news, for some it made for a messy commute.

You could have used a canoe to navigate around Southwest Parkway and Texas Avenue in College Station.

Record rainfall for this day turned this parking lot into Lake Kroger.

"My friend said it was 2.5 inches the past couple hours," a man named Nate said.

He was walking in the water to take some pictures.

It nearly got up to his knees.

"I was just actually about to go grocery shopping. I saw this giant puddle I thought I'd take a look," he added.

Others weren't so fortunate in the wet weather.

A vehicle rolled over on Villa Maria Road in Bryan.

Also in Bryan an 18-wheeler lost control and slid off Highway 6, backing up traffic in the southbound lanes.

The College Station City Council meeting was delayed half an hour when a parking lot drain clogged, flooding the council chambers and other city offices.

Wolfe Pen Creek Amphitheater was a water world too.

While cars got a free bath and people a cold shower.

"That's some deep water," said Nate as he walked.

While the rain certainly puts a dent in the drought it's too soon to say if it will bust it completely.

College Station Police say since the rain started they responded to 11 accidents but it's too soon to say whether they are all rain-related.

CSPD also responded to nine motorist-assist calls, where drivers were either stranded or stuck.


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