Garza County authorities monitor flooding along U.S. Highway 84 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

7/4/10

Garza County authorities monitor flooding along U.S. Highway 84

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

POST, TX (KCBD) - In Garza County Sunday, authorities closed Lake Alan Henry to traffic due to flooding.  Authorities say waters along some of the roads there were three to four feet above the roadway. KCBD also received reports of flood waters reaching some buildings in Post. Fortunately, water there had gone down by the afternoon, but the rising Brazos River kept authorities on alert.

Jacob Rodriguez hit up the park on the south end of Post for some fishing Sunday, but he didn't have to walk quite as far out to cast his line. "I'm guessing it's because this town is pretty low," Rodriguez said. 

Flooding in the park was left after water washed through town. Some described it as a rushing river.  "You could of gotten on a tube or a float and just rolled on to wherever it took you; it was awful," Cha'la Cimental checked out flooding along the Gail highway, which is Farm to Market Road 669.

The Garza County Sheriff received reports that flood waters there ripped away parts of the road. "Hoping no more rain, right," KCBD asked.  "We've had enough," Cimental said. 

A big concern for authorities was the fork of the Brazos River that runs south of Post under U.S. Highway 84. Sunday evening, crews were still out monitoring the flood level.  They wanted to ensure the bridge over the river remained safe.

"I think we've had eight inches of rain or more since midnight," Garza County Judge Lee Norman said.  He says keeping drivers safe, especially during this high traffic weekend, is a priority.

The county emergency management team even set up a shelter. "We had five people there at one time, I think, but they were able to go on, so we've been able to assist some folks as they were coming through our county," Norman said. 

Authorities continued to slow traffic along U.S. 84 Sunday night while the USGS took an accurate reading of the waters. "It's real close to flood stage," Norman said. 

Norman says he's only seen the river reach these levels a couple times in the past, but in town, he's never seen water reach that level. "It's been quite a 4th of July," Norman said. 

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