Can't let the week go by without mentioning how thankful I am for all of the recent rain.
Of course, that kind of weather over a short period does bring issues like tall weeds and mosquitoes.
It's also bad timing for outdoor events like the South Plains Fair, and I realize farmers are anxious for their fields to dry out for the harvest.
But overall, how can we not appreciate the rain in a region stricken with severe drought?
I think most of us agree the long term benefits far outweigh the timing and inconveniences.
Rain has always been welcome in Lubbock but there was a time when more than a couple of inches at one time created major problems in the city.
Ten years ago, this kind of rainfall would have resulted in major damage.
Flooded parking lots, streets, golf courses and neighborhoods were a regular thing after a short steady rain.
So, I applaud city planners for their work on the city's drainage system over the years.
Having seen the before and after, I can tell you it's a working system.
It took some long term planning and a few growing pains, but we no longer have to deal with the issues that come with much needed rain.
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