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Drought to Deluge... A Wild Spring
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 • Posted May 26, 2010

Last fall, when the rains finally started after two years of not having them, we knew that the spring would be beautiful. And it was.

Then, during the spring, rains continued to fall. Stock tanks filled. Creeks and rivers ran full for the first time in two years. Of course, that meant that water gaps had to be repaired for the first time in a while, it meant that the county road crew had to focus their attention on repairs rather than maintenance; and, it meant that the countryside was already saturated before the most recent rains.

On Monday afternoon, a 20% chance of showers began to turn into a series of storms that began blowing up as they moved north. The south end of the county was mostly spared; but, the city of Mason and the north end of the county started taking hit after hit.

Here in town, we had already received almost two inches of rain before 5:00 p.m. Peanut and I made the rounds of the neighborhoods after he lost power at home and saw streets running like streams. We headed out on Highway 87 South and realized that they had not gotten the storms. We turned and headed north and could tell that more rainfall was building in that end of the county.

I finally started the trip home to Katemcy around 7:00 p.m. and could barely see the highway. Once I got through Mason Mountain, it let up a bit and I hurried to get home before all the creeks went over the bridges.

Oddly enough, as I went through Camp Air and Katemcy, it almost looked as if they hadn't had much rain. As it turned out, that was a bit misleading --- it just hadn't had time to run into all the channels yet.

Dry Prong at Camp Air was running; but, not very high. Katemcy Creek at 1222 was wide; but, not very high. I turned down Katemcy Rd. headed to the house and, though it was slick, it was in pretty good shape.

When I crossed Katemcy Creek again just before my house, it was bank to bank; but, again, not very high.

At home, the satellite was out. The internet was out. We had power; but, it kept blinking with every lightning strike.

Daddy and I pulled up radar on my phone and saw that more storms were approaching. By then it was dark and there was little else we could do but make sure we kept the water from blowing in the back door.

This morning, I could hear the roar of both Katemcy and Dry Prong, especially where they join just north of the house. I could tell by the debris line that the water had been half way up the hill to my cattle guard.

I stopped at Uncle Bo's and talked to Steve and Merlina who had evacuated their house during the night. The short one mile drive down Katemcy Road to 1222 was rough -- to be expected when an entire creek overflows its banks and uses the road as its waterway. At the Katemcy Store, I saw from the debris that the creek had actually topped the bridge on the state road, something I never saw happen before though I had heard tales of it occurring.

The rest of the drive was uneventful all the way to town. I learned of some "swift water rescues" last night down near the river. I learned that Blackjack Road was washed out in places; but, still passable in the right vehicle.

It appears that we "dodged a bullet," but the rainfall may not be over. And, Rocksprings had up to 13 inches, so the Llano River will still be rising for a few days.

Hello spring! Hello weather! Goodbye drought.... for now.

It’s all just my opinion.

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