Rain Prompts Rescues, School Closings in W Texas

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MIDLAND, Texas -- Nearly a day of steady rainfall in West Texas has led to more than 100 high-water rescues and the closing of a city's school district.

Officials said Friday that no injuries had been reported in the Midland-Odessa area. Classes were canceled in the Midland school district, and a city spokeswoman said water was as high as 4 feet in some areas.

Officials say about 120 people were rescued from vehicles, with the total split almost evenly between Odessa and Midland.

The National Weather Service says the Midland area has received nearly 3 inches of rain over the past 18 hours. Forecasters issued a flash flood watch through Saturday morning.

Oncor has reported scattered power outages.

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