Evening Storms Leave Flooding and Damage - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/26/07

Evening Storms Leave Flooding and Damage

Wednesday night, Lubbock Power and Light told NewsChannel 11 they were working to restore power to the few dozen remaining homes that lost power during Wednesday evening's storms.

Xcel Energy told us all power had been restored to its customers, but at one point between the two companies, it is estimated that nearly 2,400 people were left in the dark.

The source of one of those outages happened at Regis and I-27.  A car ran off the road there, and crashed into a utility pole.  Power lines fell across the south bound lanes, and utility crews were on scene until about 9:45 p.m. 

Strong winds and dust swept into Lubbock before the rain, causing folks at the Panhandle South Plains Fair to run for cover. Soon small hail made its way through, and that's when people started pulling underneath any shelter they could. A line of cars stopped under over passes along I-27 for protection.

Once the rain stopped, folks were left to deal with flooding.  At 24th and Peoria, the water rushed down so fast, it created a strong current, almost too fast to stand up in.  Police had to direct traffic at several intersections when the power went out across different areas in town, and fire crews kept busy with reports of smoke, and at least one attic fire. 

Still some made the best of it, playing in flooded parks, and taking in a picture perfect end to a stormy evening with a rainbow left behind. Folks were able to head back to the fair around 7 p.m., and the Ronnie Milsap concert went on as scheduled.

Fortunately, we have not heard any reports of serious injuries in our area, but you can expect there will be plenty to clean-up on Thursday. 

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