Lubbock Cleans Up, But Storm Not Bad For All - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/27/07

Lubbock Cleans Up, But Storm Not Bad For All

After a storm like Wednesday night's it's no surprise there's clean up to do around Lubbock, especially with 63 mph winds, blinding rains, heavy hail and dust.

"Basically it's just branches breaking down, falling. Just a bunch of debris everywhere and taking care of it," said Gary Serna with Lubbock ISD Facilities.

Last night's storm caused a lot of trouble for Lubbock drivers and again this morning when they woke up to the mess caused by last night's storm. But for Lubbock Cotton Growers and cotton farmers across the South Plains, quite the opposite is true.

"Yesterday's hail didn't do too much damage, but yesterday's rains I think have added a few more bails to this crop," said Roger Haldenby with Plains Cotton Growers, Inc.

This late in the season, hail can cause leaves to be knocked off the plants, essentially killing them right before harvest. But Haldenby says this storm only added to what should be a record crop.

"The 3 and a half million acres in plains cotton growers 41 counties is expected to be the third largest crop on record with about 4 and a half million bales of cotton being produced," said Haldenby.

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