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Almost a Year's Worth of Rain in 36 Hours!

By: Chris Dolce
Published: June 15, 2013

Parts of southern Texas near the border with Mexico have seen some incredible amounts of rain since late Thursday.

The town of Eagle Pass, Texas measured 17.05 inches of rain in the 36 hours ending at 9 a.m. CT Saturday morning. This is just 3.26 inches shy of the average rainfall amount that Eagle Pass receives in an entire year (20.31 inches)!

This part of Texas is in extreme to exceptional drought, so the rainfall was needed. That said, it's a case of too much rain a short period of time, which has led to significant flooding as illustrated by the photos from social media below.

According to Jesus Rodriguez the Fire Chief and Emergency Manager of Eagle Pass, more than 100 water rescues were performed and at least 450 were evacuated and taken to shelters. Some people had to be rescued from rooftops.

Eagle Pass is around a 140 mile drive to the southwest of San Antonio, where major flooding occurred from slow-moving thunderstorms in late May.


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