Severe storms in Lubbock leave severe aftermath

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
Strong storms brought heavy, flooding rains across the Texas Panhandle.

One man had to be rescued from stranded waters in Lubbock, while residents in the city were left cleaning up debris.

LUBBOCK, TEXAS (NBC) - Residents in the Texas Panhandle are busy cleaning up from severe storms Thursday afternoon.

The storms caused power outages, major traffic jams, and left one man stranded in his car as thunder and lightning passed over Lubbock.

"The water was well up above the seats, almost up to the dashboard on the inside, said Clarke Shrauner, whose car flooded during the storm. "Everything is flooded. I didn't have any choice but to sit there. One of the guys that came and saw me had called the fire department. They came out and got their truck in the right position to get me out."

It was all thanks to heavy rains that battered the area, along with some hail.

The largest reported hail was near 82nd and University in Lubbock, just larger than a quarter.

Across town, the storm had traffic backed up at spur 327 in Milwaukee. It was at a standstill for more than an hour before police officers came to the rescue.

As the sun finally peaked through the clouds at 74th and Indiana, leaves covered many yards, and meant the whole family had to get involved in the cleanup effort.

Although much of the region is in severe drought, too much rain in a short period of time is not beneficial and will just run off.

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