Heavy rains lead to flooding
It has been an extremely wet May in North Texas, and the month ended with a flurry.
More than a dozen county roads were closed Tuesday after heavy rainstorms entered Burleson.
"The estimate we received from Granbury – where they were getting pounded by the same system we received – was we were receiving three inches of rain an hour," County Commissioner Kenny Howell said.
Two major county roads were closed because of high water and areas of several other roads were impassable, he said.
"We didn't expect to get hit so hard, so fast by this system," Howell said.
An immediate concern was County Road 913, where there was a drowning during a previous flooding event. County Road 915 was also closed.
"We may have some upset people who were forced to find another way home," Howell said. "I'll take that call. At least they survived to be able to call and express their dissatisfaction."
The storm was nearly a year removed from the beginning of rains ending prolonged drought.
"It all started Memorial Day weekend of last year," Howell said. "Then we were hit hard again Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We may have to end holiday weekends. That's when we seem to get flooded."
It had been some time since county road crews had dealt with flooding events prior to Memorial Day Weekend 2015.
"Unfortunately, we've become experts at this," Howell said. "We've become quite accustomed to dealing with flooding and high water crossings."
North Texas had received 5.09 inches of rain in May prior to Tuesday, a departure of .35 inches above normal. It has rained for 21 of 31 days in the month and the annual precipitation since Jan. 1 was 31.6 inches prior to Tuesday.
"The ground is so soaked that any rain we get right now becomes instant runoff," Howell said. "Every creek and pond is full, but it has to go somewhere. That's causing the flooding."