Splash! South Milam’s wet weekend
5-7 inches fall from Gause to Thorndale
Causeway on the Texas coast? Nope, just a railroad bridge over flooded Brushy Creek bottomland near Thorndale, which received more than 7 inches overnight.
Reporter/Mike Brown The deluge which hit South Milam County overnight Friday was anything but a “two-acre thunderstorm.”
Totals between five to seven inches were reported along 55- mile stretch of US 79 in Milam stretching from the Brazos River to the Thorndale blackland.
Totals of over seven inches were reported in both Gause and Thorndale, while five inches and more reports were common in Rockdale and Thorndale.
Some small hail fell as the winter storm moved through the area.
US 79 was closed between Milano and Gause at times Friday night and, with power out in the area, Milano firefighters were called out to direct traffic at the town’s signal lights.
The Texas Depar tment of Transportation (TxDOT) was busy repairing roads damaged by flooding (R) and erecting barricades on several farm-market roads.
Flooding washed out FM 486 north of Thorndale. It was closed more than two hours for repairs. Water rose throughout the morning hours Saturday, then quickly receded. A ll Milam County roads had re-opened by Monday morning.
Meadowbrook Baptist Church parking lot was a lake Saturday morning after night of heavy rainfall.
US 79 flooded in Gause which received over 7 inches of rain.
Photo courtesy Melisa Turnage
Many Rockdale streets were closed including East Belton (L), Trees went down in many places including giant oak at home of Elaine Van Horn, County Road 306.
Photo courtesy Elaine Van Horn