The month’s not over and already June 2007, ranks well above average for the amount of rainfall. With its 6.52 inches cumulative rainfall, this month ranks as Brown County’s third highest total in at least the past 22 years.
According to rainfall measurement charts provided by the National Weather Service out of San Angelo, only June of 2000, when 9.49 inches of rainfall was measured, and June of 1988, when 7.28 inches were recorded, have had more rain.
The Texas Almanac says the annual rainfall average for Brown County is 27.42, and, according to the NWS charts, so far this year Brown County has received 26.62. The NWS chart also shows the annual average since 1985 as being 32.12 inches, with 1998 having the least amount with 15.40 total inches and 1990 the most, measuring 45.97 inches.
And while 6.52 inches may be the official amount reported, county residents are saying it’s a big county, and there’s been lots of rain. The ground is saturated and flood conditions are likely.
“I know some people around Zephyr were reporting they got 11 inches just on Sunday,” said Larry Traweek, Precinct 4 commissioner.
Precincts 1 and 3 are “the hardest hit,” Traweek said. “They’ve had the most. Two and 4 have been hit but not to the extent 1 and 3 have been.”
Keeping county roads drivable has become a very difficult task, Traweek said. Every precinct has had roads wash out.
Water washes the dirt and gravel roads into the barrow ditches, and those that have asphalt surfaces soak up the water and break up, and they have to be fixed.
“We start to catch up with it, or just about the time we get the road fixed and graded, it rains again and we’re back to square one,” Traweek said.
“We’re telling people to bear with us if they can, because until we get a break in all this, it’s like we’re chasing a loop and can’t find the end.”
Standing water on the roadway, or ditches full of water that will flood with the next rainfall are all things drivers need to be aware of, said James Campbell, interim city manager for Brownwood.
“You see the news reports of people drowning in North Texas, and you realize how serious this is,” Campbell said. “Be safe. Be careful. Don’t drive into standing water. It takes 6 inches of water on a bridge and a driver can lose control.”