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7/3/10

Lubbock fireworks canceled; motorists urged to stay off roadways

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Continuous rain caused some major problems across the South Plains Saturday.  By Saturday night the KCBD Newsroom received multiple reports of flooded roadways.

It became so severe that Lubbock initiated the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). City leaders also called a news conference late Saturday evening to address concerns.

The EOC was up an running by 9:00 p.m.  The city also put extra first responders across the city on stand-by to help.  It's all due to the 5.5 inches of rain that's fallen in the last two days.

Lubbock leaders urged people to stay home. They hope that by Sunday lakes will drain the water, and it will disappear from roadways.  One of the areas the city specifically warned us about was 4th Street and Frankford Avenue.

Several cars stalled out in high water. At 114th Street and Indiana Avenue Saturday evening, a car drove into high waters that came up to the windows. EMS took a pick-up out to the stranded motorists, and brought them to safety. Fortunately, no one was injured, but rushing water can catch you off guard quickly, so authorities warn folks to be extra cautious

People also want to know about the fireworks show in MacKenzie Park scheduled for Sunday. That has been canceled - the announcement was made at the news conference Saturday evening.  MacKenzie Park is closed to visitors because of all the rain.  

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