Four and a half to six inches of rain fell in Snyder over the weekend and it continues to rain in the region. The heaviest rains started Sunday morning, making "Deep Creek" even deeper and bringing water to the door step of Diva's Salon. Fire Chief Perry Westmoreland says, "We kind of use that little salon as our flood gauge. When it reaches the door we know we're in trouble."
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Deep Creek flows right behind Chief Westmoreland's fire station and when the creek threatens to crest, he's got a contingency plan. Westmoreland says, "If the creek were to crest at 21 feet, our fire station would be in danger. We are prepared to sandbag the fire station."
Flooded underpasses and streets forced officials to put up barricades to keep daring drivers from flooding their cars. Westmoreland adds, "We had a lot of people, a lot of people, drive around barricades and into the high water some of them drove into high water seeing vehicles already stalled out in the water. We actually had one rescue."
Rain and run-off are causing problems for most, but for Isaac Vasquez it's good for the septic business and for David Yanez it's a relief from the dry heat. Yanez says, "My kids want to go inter-tubing. We're not letting them though." Vasquez had a little fund with it too. He says, "Ya, we went swimming."
Cotton farmers outside the city saw eight to ten inches of rain. It leaves some cotton under water, but they say overall the rain was welcome and as long as it doesn't rain heavily all week, they'll keep their heads above water.