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Record-breaking Rainfall Floods San Antonio: Trapped Motorists Rescued

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Unexpected Labor Day rains brought flooding and high waters to San Antonio neighborhoods. In some places, the record-breaking rainfall caused dangerous water levels and led to a number of rescue operations. The rains came when low-pressure weather systems out of the Pacific and the Gulf met each other in the skies above Texas. The storms were responsible for power-outages and flash flooding.

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Monday night saw first responders rescuing drivers from flooded cars, including one large, time-consuming rescue of several motorists trapped along Basse Road. The drivers had attempted to pass under U.S. 281 when the floodwaters trapped them in their cars.

The National Weather Service reported that some areas of the city received 6.07 inches of rainfall, a stunning amount which officially makes it the 10th wettest day in the city’s history. It broke the previous 1889 record of 1.76 inches for rainfall on that date. On Tuesday morning, Stone Oak Parkway measured an astounding nine inches of rain.

On four of the 60-plus rescue calls, firefighters were forced to wade into the floodwaters to render aid. Firefighters cautioned drivers to use good sense and turn around to avoid flooded stretches of roadways. Drivers are reminded to “turn around, don’t drowned,” especially when entering low-lying areas where flash floods can strike with little or no warning.