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Precipitation prompts postponements

Precipitation prompts postponements
NANNETTE KILBEY-SMITH The storm culverts along U.S. 87 in La Vernia are flowing fast May 17, after a cluster of thunderstorms pounded South Central Texas and further soaked the already-saturated soil. Conditions in the La Vernia City Park spurred a rescheduling of the May 16 Bluebonnet Fest and Parade. These will now take place June 13.

April showers might bring May flowers, but May downpours meant the postponement of the city’s Bluebonnet Festival and parade that was set for May 16. Those events have been rescheduled to Saturday, June 13.

The excessive rainfall up to May 13 swamped the La Vernia City Park, prompting the La Vernia Lions Club to postpone the festivities. Miss La Vernia 2015 Zoe Zamzow and her court now will make their debut in June.

Inclement weather also deflated the highly anticipated Texas Balloon Spectacular in Floresville, which had been set for May 15-17. Due to flooding at the River Bend Golf Club, that event was moved to Oct. 16-18.

Heavy rain and high winds led to multiple flash-flood watches and warnings, as well as tornado warnings throughout South Central Texas. It also led to power outages, with the Guadalupe Valley Electric responding to a handful near the Guadalupe River. The Floresville Electric Light and Power System (FELPS), from May 15-17 reported:

¢75 customers without power in the La Vernia area, 30 minutes

¢29 customers without power in the Sutherland Springs area, 90 minutes

The wet weather pattern is predicted to continue this week, and may dampen Memorial Day events. See page 7B for more.

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