Lubbock County Flood Updates for May 5
UPDATED 9:12 a.m., May 5, 2015
Flooding conditions continue in Lubbock and the South Plains Tuesday morning.
According to TxDOT, overnight rain has caused many roadways to flood.
US 87 SDB from FM 41 south of Lubbock to Lamesa is closed this morning.
Traffic is being detoured WB at FM 41 to Ropesville, then south on US 62/82 to Brownfield, then south on SH 137 to Lamesa. Traffic heading EB at FM 41 is being detoured to Slaton, then south on US 84.
The Southbound right lane on I-27 at milemarker 31 just south of Hale Center is closed. The passing lane is open, so traffic is down to one lane southbound in that area. The west-side frontage road in that area is also closed.
FM 2008 in Garza County is closed 3.75 miles south of FM 651.
The intersection of US 62/385 and SH 83 in Seagraves is closed.
US 380 east and westbound from Tahoka is open, but there is mud and debris covering the roadway, and motorists are urged to use caution.
Most roadways in the areas southeast, south and southwest are mud and debris-covered, so travel with care. Do not drive through rushing water on a roadway.
A Flash Flood Watch continues for Lubbock County while a Flash Flood Warning is in effect for Terry, Lynn and Garza counties.
UPDATED 8:55pm, May 4, 2015
KAMC News reports a fire has broken out at an apartment complex near 101st and Frankford.
Motorists in Lubbock are urged to avoid the usual low spots along Quaker Avenue, including 58th to South Loop 289, 34th Street to 50th Street and 98th and Quaker.
Motorists are also urged to avoid the Marsha Sharp Freeway main lanes from the Texas Tech Parkway to Avenue Q and Avenue Q from 22nd Street to 25th Street.
Additional reports of flooding in Seagraves along US 62/82. Flooding in Tahoka has closed US 87 at US 380.
Over 4 inches of rain has been recorded at the Texas Tech Mesonet site in Tahoka and over 2.5" of rain in southwest Lubbock at the KFYO Studios.
According to the National Weather Service, other locations that will experience flooding are: Lubbock, Wolfforth, Shallowater, Idalou. Ransom Canyon, Woodrow, slide, Lubbock South Plains Mall, Reese Center, Downtown Lubbock, Lubbock International Airport, Texas Tech University, New Deal and Lubbock science spectrum.
Some Lubbock intersections are already flooded, with portions of 34th Street closed. Segments of the Marsha Sharp Freeway have also been closed.
The NWS is urging motorists to avoid areas hit hardest by the rainfall:
Excessive runoff from heavy rainfall will cause ponding of water in urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses as well as other poor drainage areas and low lying spots. Do not attempt to travel across flooded roads. Find alternate routes. It takes only a few inches of swiftly flowing water to carry vehicles away.
The flood warning is in effect until 8:45 p.m.