Major roads near Tahoka, O’Donnell, Post closed due to flash flooding
LYNN COUNTY, Texas (KCBD) - Major roads, including Hwy. 87, have been closed in Lynn County due to flash flooding.
UPDATE: US 380 East of Witts Butane in Tahoka to US 84 in Garza County will be shut down with barricades and signs until further notice.
US 87 south of Tahoka to Lamesa will be shut down until further notice.
US 87 at US 380 northbound and southbound lanes are closed to Lamesa.
The Lynn County Sheriff’s Office says more than 20 people were rescued from their cars on Thursday. Thirty-six to 40 vehicles got caught in the flooding, and four vehicles are still underwater at US 87 & CR 36.
TXDOT is in the process of getting pumps to pump water off US 87 north of O’Donnell. TXDOT will be working through the night, so the road closure from Lamesa to Tahoka will stay overnight.
US 380 east of Tahoka into Garza County just reopened.
⚠️TRAFFIC ALERT⚠️: US 87, from Lamesa to FM 211, and a portion of US 380 in Lynn Co. have been closed to traffic due to major flooding at several locations. Drivers should also anticipate water over the road conditions on many Lynn Co roads. We are working on setting up detours. pic.twitter.com/FuI5DrO3pl— TxDOTLubbock (@TxDOTLubbock) June 1, 2023
Multiple vehicles have crashed north of O’Donnell due to mud on the roadway and flooding in the area, according to the National Weather Service. Hwy. 87 and Hwy. 380 have been closed. Other roadways in the area also flooded.
As of 11 a.m., O’Donnell has seen at least 5.4 inches of rain in the past 24 hours.
A Flash Flood Warning was issued for the area around 11 a.m. on Thursday. The warning stated the following:
“Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated thunderstorms producing torrential rainfall in O’Donnell. Between 3 and 5 inches of rain have fallen. The expected rainfall rate is 1 to 2 inches in 20 minutes. Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area.”
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