Deluge yields damage




Brush Country residents experienced manageable structure damage, along with torrential downpour around the area Sunday and Monday.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for southwest Atascosa County yesterday at 3:30 p.m. until 4 p.m., but no reports of any touched land.

According to the daily precipitation report for Atascosa County, several areas reached more than four inches of rainfall.

Leming reportedly received six inches of rain as of Monday.

Numerous accounts of damage around the area were reported, which caused parts of Pleasanton to lose power temporarily.

A voicemail was left to the Pleasanton Public Works department, but no call was returned as of press time.

However, Atascosa County Commissioner of Precinct 1 Lonnie Gillespie noted areas around Leming received the most damage, west of FM 1470.

“Ten irrigation systems were knocked down due to the storms,” Gillespie said.

“Trees were also knocked down around the Hwy. 281 area around Leming.”

County residents witnessed water surging close to homes around the area, Gillespie said.

A drainage ditch that stretches from the west side of the railroad track from Leming that travels back to Hwy. 281 area.

“There was a little birm that broke over the tracks,” Gillespie said.

“That caused all of the water to shoot out, which drew a big issue Monday.”

In Pleasanton, several road closures were reported due to flash flooding.

The Atascosa River, at Pleasanton River Park, spilled past its capacity, which forced Hunt Road to shut down.

Other low water crossing areas around Pleasanton were still up as of yesterday afternoon despite no visible water on the roadway.

Pleasanton City Manager Bruce Pearson encourages citizens who may have lost trees, or have large downed limbs from the recent storms to call 830-569-3867 for possible assistance.



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