Dramatic Rescue, Evacuations as Rains Pound Area

Emergency officials had their hands full today, as as much as six inches of rain fell on parts of Bexar County in three hours today, leading to widespread flooding, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

The SAFD answered a total of 269 calls for service, including 22 high water investigations, and four water rescues.  There were also four fires that were caused by lighting.

Several homes in Leon Valley were evacuated due to high water.  The Leon Valley Fire Department announced on Facebook that people who live in low lying areas are being evacuated to a shelter at Marshall High School

A  man  had to be plucked off the roof of his car after he drove into high water off Highway 151 on the northwest side.

"We were preparing different scenarios with our swift water rescue boats, but we were able to pull him out with the ladder," the Fire Department's Woody Woodward said.

Thjree dozen streets had to be shut down due to high water, with barricades erected.  They include Vance Jackson near Hobby Middle School, which floods regularly, as well as Contour near McCullough in the Olmos Basin.

Other noteworthy road closings include:

The water has scoured and removed the asphalt on FM 471 (Culebra Rd) between  Galm and FM 1560 and so that section has been closed.  Traffic will be  detoured off of FM 471 to Galm Road and FM 1560.   

Wiseman road has been closed from 1604 to Cottonwood way due to high water.  

At the peak of the storm some 24,000 CPS Energy customers were without electric power.

The flash flood warning remains in effect until 5:15 this afternoon, but the rainy conditions will continue because we have a 60% chance of additional showers this afternoon, tonight, and tomorrow.

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