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Heavy rains flood Pettus
by Gary Kent
May 30, 2013 | 1887 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
North Bee County and the Pettus area got inundated with 9 plus inches of rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend. Flooding in the Pettus area closed the highway for a period of time this weekend.
North Bee County and the Pettus area got inundated with 9 plus inches of rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend. Flooding in the Pettus area closed the highway for a period of time this weekend.
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PETTUS – Torrential rainfall north of Bee County flooded the Medio Creek and damaged buildings on U.S. Highway 181 in the community of Pettus on Saturday, May 25.

Pettus Volunteer Fire Department Chief Clifford Bagwell said the Dairy Queen building flooded after a couple of windows broke out and the Fast Break convenience store across the street was damaged by high water.

Several oil company buildings also were damaged when flood waters got inside them.

Bagwell said the Pettus area received anywhere from seven to eight inches of rain, depending on the location.

But heavier rains fell on the creek area north of the Bee County line swelling the Medio Creek and spilling water all the way up to U.S. Highway 181.

The chief said water started flooding the business area in Pettus at about 6 p.m., and firefighters from Beeville and Karnes City were called out to stop traffic from trying to get through the flooded highway.

Beeville VFD Chief Donnie Morris said firemen here stopped traffic at the north end of the U.S. Highway 181 Bypass.

Rainfall amounts varied in Beeville, but residents reported getting as much as 2.5 to three inches in their gauges overnight.

“We haven’t heard of any damaged homes,” Bagwell said. He did see some homes in the Pettus area where the water rose close to some houses, however.

Also, because the waters rose slowly, no motorists in the area were stranded in high water.

“We were lucky on that part,” the chief said.

Bagwell said traffic was rerouted around the Pettus area until about midnight. After that, water levels had dropped enough to allow traffic through the community.

Bagwell said some members of the Pettus VFD were allowed to stay in their homes during the flooding in case they were needed elsewhere.

The department received assistance from the Normanna VFD.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.
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