After 40 years, a new record has been set for the highest amount of precipitation received on June 4. The increased rainfall led to flash flood warnings and a few traffic incidents.
Tuesday’s thunderstorms reached a new high as the rainfall surpassed a previous record set in 1979 for that particular day. The city of Del Rio received 4.23 inches of rainfall, according to the National Weather Service Del Rio station, surpassing the previous record of 2.29 inches of rainfall.
Due to the rain, many outdoor activities and facilities were cancelled. Del Rio Babe Ruth Baseball League, San Felipe Springs golf course and the duck pond were a few of the facilities and organizations announcing closures or cancellations to the public.
Since Jan. 1, the city has received a total of 10.58 inches of rain.On average the city receives 7.58 inches by this time, thus this year there was an increase of three inches.
The increase in rain also led to numerous road closures and street areas such as the intersection on Mary Lou and Kingsway. Flash flood warnings were in place until 10:45 a.m.
Joey de Luna, Assistant Fire Chief and Operations of Del Rio Fire Department, reported four incidents took place in the span of two hours, between 4:54 to 7:15 a.m. “Three people were pulled from their vehicles to higher ground by DRFD personnel, two of which were taken back to a fire station in order to avoid the weather,” De Luna said.
Six vehicles were stranded, of which three were abandoned in the low water crossing areas. As a result of the rain, various areas of the city were flooded and prevented traffic from passing.
“As far as safety precautions, the Streets Department put barricades in the areas that have low water crossings,” City of Del Rio Streets Department Superintendent Emeterio Salinas said.
“Flash flooding is most likely during the rainy months in Del Rio – generally May-June and September-October, but is also common throughout the summer,” Smalltown Weather Meteorologist Dan Schreiber said.
Schreiber encouraged everyone to check the weather forecast and heed weather watches, warnings and advisories before heading out into the Hill Country and more remote areas, especially along the river banks.
The recent rainfall is in response to a late-spring upper-level disturbance situated over the Desert Southwest. This system has caused an influx of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico into the Del Rio vicinity, leaving the air far more humid than typical, according to a Smalltown Weather press release.
The National Weather Service and Texas Department of Transportation promote “Turn Around Don’t Drown” as a slogan and reminder to avoid flooded areas. Local citizens are highly encouraged to sign up for potential weather hazard notifications at Nixle.com or text 78840 at 888-777.