Drenching Rains Lead to Closings, Rescues

The last time San Antonio received as much rain on September 3 as we received on Monday was way back in 1889, and that rain led to some significant challenges around the region early today, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

Officially, the National Weather Service says San Antonio received 6.07 inches of rain at the Airport on Monday, but across northern Bexar County and into Comal and Kendall Counties, some areas reported eight inches of rain.

It was the 10th wettest day in San Antonio history.

More than three dozen streets and intersections were closed due to high water across Bexar County, and the National Weather Service says Olmos Creek and Salado Creek are at or above flood stage, leading to more closings.

The San Antonio Fire Department reports several calls for cars stuck in high water overnight.

The most dramatic was on the west side at W. Commerce and Pinn Road.  Officials say a driver who disregarded a flashing sign warning of high water and his passenger had to be plucked out of their nearly submerged car by an SAFD ladder truck.

Three feet of water covered the area around Basse and 281 North near the Quarry Market, an area where flooding is not unusual during heavy rains.

Fire crews had to rescue a motorist at Eisenhauer and Corinne as the flooded Salado Creek rose.

Several Cars were stuck in high water at McCullough and Rampart on the city's north side.

CPS Energy said the lack of wind along with the drenching rains kept down the number of power outages, and almost all of the customers who did lose their electricity had it back on by 6AM.

Remember, if you drive around a barricade or try to move a barricade, you will get a ticket.  Police are staking out many of the barricaded high water crossings.  The fine can run up to $400 for every adult in the car, not just the driver, and you also can be sued for the cost of your rescue.

GRAPHIC: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

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