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Storm drenches La Vernia area, closes roadways

Storm drenches La Vernia area, closes roadways
Trinity Dore Barrilleaux captured this image of heavy rain pouring as a storm approaches the La Vernia area March 9. The front brought locally heavy rain, dumping between 2.5 and 5 inches on La Vernia-area properties.

It may have been a portent of things to come.

Trinity Dore Barrilleaux shared a photo March 10 that she snapped the day before, just as storms blew into the La Vernia area. Localized heavy rain is pouring from the clouds behind the barn in her photo.

The clouds did more than threaten as they passed through La Vernia that evening.

“All I could mention is the storm came very quick and sat over the Guadalupe/Wilson county line for over an hour,” said Jonett Story, who lives near F.M. 539, adding that her neighbors, Arthur and Lisa Grun, had water in their home, as heavy rain continued to fall.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall in the area just north and east of La Vernia measured between 2.5 and 5 inches in a 24-hour period from 7 a.m. Thursday to Friday morning, causing flash flooding. Parts of F.M. 539 were closed as water rushed over the roadway.

H.R. Grimm, who lives on Lake Valley Drive off F.M. 539 north of Sutherland Springs, said he thought he heard more thunder, but looked out to see water rushing across the road between his property and his neighbor’s at about 8 p.m. last Thursday night.

Story and her husband, Russell, who lost a barn to tornadoes in October 2015, recently moved into a new home they had built.

“My oldest son came to the house to help keep water out of house,” Story said. “He was in a truck and said water was up to his door of the truck.”

The water “é just had no place to go, it came so fast,” Story said.

The heavy rainfall prompted the National Weather Service to issue a flood warning for the Cibolo Creek March 10, lasting through Sunday, March 12.

The storms prompted some sporting and other events to be postponed or canceled.

Rain continued off and on across the area through Monday, but things began to dry out as the front made its way across the state.

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