Brown County and area residents will pause today from traditional holiday activities to participate in Memorial Day ceremonies scheduled both this morning and this afternoon.

The long Memorial Day weekend traditionally opens the start of the summer travel season, but rainy weather has altered plans of many vacationers. Thunderstorms that hit the area Sunday afternoon chased most outdoor lovers inside, especially those planning lake activities or picnics.

Some sections of county roads, including CR 180 between Brownwood and Bangs, were reported under water Sunday following a storm that left between 1 1/2 and 2 inches of rain on already saturated ground. A flash flood warning was posted by the National Weather Service for the southern portion of Brown County until dusk. Beyond that, a flash flood watch that has been in place since Friday for the entire county remained in effect.

However, the chance of rain was down to only 30 percent in the forecast for today and tonight, perhaps giving Memorial Day observances the opportunity to be held outside.

Among those are the annual ceremony at 10 a.m. at Eastlawn Memorial Park. In case of bad weather, the event will be moved to VFW Post 3278 in Camp Bowie.

Meanwhile, the National Moment of Remembrance will be held at the 36th Memorial Park across from Brownwood Regional Medical Center at 3 p.m. That will conclude a 2:45 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony for the Central Texas Veterans Memorial.

Brownwood City Hall and the recycling center and landfill will be closed today, and there will be no collection of residential waste. Normal collection will resume Tuesday. Offices of the city of Early will be closed today as well, and Monday trash routes will be picked up Tuesday. State and federal offices are also closed.