Central Texas Roads Take a Beating
Rain continues to hammer Central Texas, with the latest reports indicating areas with as much as 5-inches of rain. It's important to keep an eye on the road in addition to the cars around you. I've had several hydroplaning incidents over the past 48 hours, and there's many spots on area roads underwater. I-35 has taken a beating, and in an area already slowed by major construction, northbound lanes in Salado had to be closed for a short time Wednesday morning because of potholes that had formed. The access road's lanes in both directions in Salado were also closed due to high water.
US 105's Jack Hammer reported slow-going on the drive into work Wednesday morning with only a few cars brave enough to drive the speed limit. Corporal Christopher Wilcox, public information officer for the Temple Police Department, stated only five calls for accidents had been reported in the 12-hour period beginning at midnight Wednesday morning. He attributes the low number to awareness of the weather, saying, "It's because people are taking care with their driving".
The heaviest rains have already begun tapering off to the west of I-35, and the Flash Flood Watch is scheduled to end at 4pm Wednesday. Roads will continue to bear the brunt of the first big storm of 2013 for Central Texas, one badly needed throughout the region stricken by drought. Expect slow-and-steady to be the trend on area roads as high water remains a possibility in areas prone to flooding.
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