The Brazos Valley received a significant amount of rain throughout the day Friday, causing some roads to flood.
According to KBTX-TV meteorologist Shel Winkley, between Monday and Friday evening, Bryan-College Station had received more than 3.3 inches of rainfall, while some areas of the Brazos Valley received up to 6 inches. Late Friday, more rain continued to drench the area, adding to the numbers. Rains today will probably be measured at 1 to 3 inches, though in spots some residents of the Brazos Valley could see as much as
5 inches of rain, Winkley said.
Though rain is not unusual for this area during May, Winkley noted that rain does not usually fall in such a high quantity at once this time of year. The storms seen over the weekend likely will affect Austin and San Antonio more than the B-CS area, he said.
According to the National Weather Service, while there is a 40% chance of heavy rain today, tonight is expected to be mostly clear. Sunday’s forecast is a high of 85 and mostly sunny skies. Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Madison and Washington counties were placed under a flash flood watch through 1 p.m. today.
Roads were closed throughout the Brazos Valley on Friday night. Hearne city manager John Naron said a large portion of San Gabriel Street had closed after the road washed out and partially collapsed. The street is barricaded until repairs can be made. According to the city of Hearne’s Facebook page, Bethany-Hearne water customers were placed under a boil water notice until further notice Friday afternoon because of power outages.
Late Friday, Milam County Sheriff Chris White reported via Facebook that Big Elm Creek had crested at 22.8 feet and was slowly receding, while Little River in Rockdale was almost 2 feet over flood stage, but had slowed to rising about an inch an hour. Little River in Cameron was at 29.3 feet and was expected to flood, with water rising about 4 inches an hour, White wrote.
In Rockdale, the volunteer fire department posted to social media that a woman and child were trapped in a flooded vehicle Friday morning on Meadow Drive. Rockdale police dispatchers said the two were rescued successfully.
Late Friday, Madison County emergency dispatchers reported flooding near Bedias Creek. The Navasota River near Normangee was placed under a flood warning by the National Weather Service, with water measuring at 13.8 feet deep at 8 p.m. Friday. Flood stage is at 15 feet.