Church leaders may not totally agree, but Brown County residents can count themselves lucky that the deluge that hit came on a Sunday morning, instead of a weekday. Otherwise, many more motorists would have been out in their vehicles early in the day when waters were rapidly rising in the predawn darkness.
Numerous roads and highways were closed in the county, and the usual low intersections in Brownwood were affected too. But sometimes, even barricades can’t dissuade drivers who are determined to take preferred routes their destinations. The two-way radio transmission of one worker overheard on a scanner Sunday told everything you needed to know: “The barricades are up, but that doesn’t mean people won’t drive around them,” he told a dispatcher.
Law enforcement officers and city crews told stories of motorists venturing out into flooded streets, only to think better of it and back out. Incredibly, some actually pondered their options briefly and then tried to wade through again. Many managed to get to the drier pavement on the other side. A few got stuck. Obviously, the time they thought they would save by not taking the long way around was lost.
Several residences did flood, but the rains moved away just before a much greater disaster occurred. But the skies have not completely cleared. The chance of rain lingers in the long-range forecast. The ground is saturated, and lakes and tanks are full. If another storm strikes, caution and preparation could save property, and lives.