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San Antonio Gets More Flooding

June 18, 1986

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) _ A line of slow-moving thunderstorms poured up to 4 inches of rain on the San Antiono area today, turning streams and ditches into torrents that stranded motorists at some crossings.

A flash flood warning was posted. National Weather Service officials warned that the wettest June on record has left the soil saturated.

On Tuesday, a heavy downpour caused extensive street flooding and clogged low-water crossings. More than 3 inches of rain fell in that storm.

On June 4, a storm dumped up to 10 inches of rain on already soaked ground.

Officials today monitored Olmos Dam, where storm waters reached 18 feet deep behind the dam. District Fire Chief Julio Vela said that level was not critical, but men were posted at the dam to keep an eye on rising water.

Water was also reported lapping against sidewalks along the River Walk as firemen rushed to work the gates that control the water level in the downtown river bend.

Barricades were being erected at almost 40 low-water crossings and flooded intersections through the city, officials said. Some roads were closed and morning rush-hour traffic slowed to a crawl, police said.

Firefighters were dispatched to numerous low-water crossings to help stranded motorists from their cars, but no serious injuries were reported.

Wet weather was also reported in Bandera County. Sheriff Guy Pickett said businesses in downtown Bandera closed today because of flooded intersections. He said Bandera Creek was out of its bank and several other creeks are at bank-level.

With today’s rainfall, San Antonio’s official rainfall total for the year topped 20 inches, more than 6 inches above normal.

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