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4/16/10

Rain forces city to close some Lubbock streets

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - All of the water Mother Nature dropped on the Hub City has forced the City of Lubbock to close several streets that are not safe for drivers to try to pass through.

City officials say the streets are designed for water to flow to the nearly 100 playa lakes across town and that they are doing the job to keep up with the rain as it falls, but more moisture could pose a problem.

"I think we are okay with another inch but if it continues we could start seeing more problems with some of the lakes," says Marsha Reed, Chief Operations Officer for the City of Lubbock.

The city says Lake Higginbotham at 19th and Vicksburg is over-flowing, and the water is moving all the way to Maxey Park at 24th and Quaker.

"The city does allow water on the streets because we are so very flat as developments occur we allow water to  get 12 inches above top curb that makes it 18 inches at the gutter for people need to be careful" said Reed.

The weather has forced the city to shut down several streets.

  • Flint Avenue and the Clovis Highway
  • 114th Street between Quaker and Indiana and between Slide and Utica
  • 98th between Upland and Milwaukee
  • 23rd and Peoria
  • Mackenzie Park entrance on Broadway 

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