Flooding, wind damage after Monday night's storms

Flooding, wind damage after Monday night's storms

It's only July, but Lubbock has already received more than a year's worth of rain. As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 21.48 inches of rain has fallen at the airport so far in 2015. With six months left in the year, the city could see the most rain in several years.

Severe winds, up to 60 mph Monday night, downed power lines across the area. More than 180 customers were without power at one point, according to LP&L. The South Plains Electric Coop had more than 3,000 customers in the dark. Crews were still working, even after the rain stopped Tuesday, to get power up and running again.

The strong winds also caused damage.

"It tore up the boat ride, it tore up several shades, and it's blown down several trees," said David Dean, owner of Joyland Amusement Park.

The park closed for the second time this season, as crews cleaned up the mess.

"We were closed around Memorial Day due to a flood, but it wasn't so much a flood last night as it was high winds that seemed to tear things up," Dean said.

Management hopes the park will be open Wednesday evening.

Meanwhile, streets filled with water once again. Rescue crews were called to Mackenzie Park to rescue a man stuck on the roof of his pickup.

"We had to use our inflatable raft, and with our rescue team, we used tag lines to guide them out there. That way they can't get away from us," said Phillip Grandon with Lubbock Fire Rescue. "They used paddles to paddle out there, and when they got to him, the victim was able to get on the raft. It was a safe and smooth rescue."

Drivers near Idalou were also stranded Tuesday morning. If you come across a flooded road, turn around, don't drown.

"The long route is the safe route, always," Grandon said.

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