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Flooding threatens Clovis homes

Staff report

Clovis City Manager Joe Thomas reports two areas of concern this morning due to almost 4 inches of rain from an overnight storm that prompted flash flood warnings and swamped much of Clovis.

link Mike Malone captured this image early Wednesday on Mabry Drive.

Thomas said city crews were working to get sandbags to 13th and Edwards streets, where rising water in the streets is threatening homes. There were unofficial reports of some homes flooding in that area near Dennis Chavez lake.

The other area of concern is near Eighth and Ash streets, Thomas said, where crews are trying to get pumps set up to get rid of water threatening the senior citizen center.

“We’re doing our best,” said Thomas. “It’s just going to take time.”

Across the city, flood waters that turned many streets into rivers were slowly disappearing or becoming less severe with a break about 10 a.m. from the early morning downpour.

link Karen Ward reported nearly 4 inches of rain at Prince and Wilhite this morning.

Thomas said airport officials measured 3.6 inches of rainfall and his home rain gauge was at 2.4 inches early this morning.

Weather forecasters were predicting more rain throughout the day ranging from a 70 percent chance until noon to a 40 percent chance from then until 11 p.m.

link The walking path at Greene Acres Lake was under water this morning. (Staff photo by D'Nieka Hartsfield)