Rain lifts burn ban till Sunday
For once, Rockdale and South Milam County were in crosshairs of a rain-bearing thunderstorm.
A deluge Tuesday afternoon brought an official .92-inch of rain to Rockdale and prompted a temporary lifting of Milam County’s rural outdoor burning ban.
County Judge Dave Barkemeyer said Wednesday morning the ban has been lifted but will be reimposed at 6 p.m. on Sunday.
“If anyone is planning to burn brush piles they need to let their local fire departments know about it,” he said.
Lif ting the burn ban only applies to rural area of the county. Municipalities, including Rockdale, have their own, permanent, outdoor burn bans.
DELUGE—Most of the rainfall fell in a two-hour period around noon, Tuesday, with water running high at the usual intersections in Rockdale, including Cameron (US 79) and Meadow.
Totals of more than an inch were common in gauges throughout Rockdale.
The .92-inch recorded in the U.S. Weather Service gauge at KRXT-FM pushes the yearly total to just 12.29 inches with just six weeks remaining in 2011.
Yearly average for Rockdale is 33 inches.
Tuesday’s rainfall is the first recorded in Rockdale since a welcome 1.3 inches was recorded on October 6.