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May 10, 2013

Rains dump up to 6 inches on area

PORT ARTHUR — Between six to 10 inches of rain pounded the area causing some minor flooding but no major reported accidents Friday.

Jim Sweeney, meteorologist with the National Weather Service-Lake Charles, said Port Arthur received quite a bit of rain. In the time period from 9 a.m. Thursday to around 3:30 p.m. Friday, the area saw five to six inches of rain.

Most of the rain fell around the Lumberton area where they saw as much as 10 inches of rain, he said.

Port Arthur Police Maj. John Owens, who is the city’s emergency management coordinator, said the department didn’t receive any calls regarding major street flooding or widespread property damage but there was the usual spots in town where flooding occurs during heavy downpours such as portions of Gulfway Drive and at Woodworth near Bluebonnet.

“We did have to deal with some drainage problems near major thoroughfares,” Owens said, adding this was typical for the type of weather that occurred. “And we have had several vehicles that lost control and left the roadway, ran into ditches, and we were able to assist them. They were definitely weather related.”

Neither Nederland or Groves saw any street flooding or vehicular accidents due to the weather, according to dispatch personnel in those cities.

Port Neches Police Chief Paul Lemoine said there was some street flooding in his city in the usual areas such as the 2300 block of Nall and some spots on Sierra.

“But most of this drained before work traffic started,” Lemoine said.

A second round of storms caused minor street flooding in the same spots but the rain quickly drained off, he said.

There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms on Saturday that will likely begin around 10 a.m., Sweeney said. Rain chances decrease to 30 percent by Saturday night.

Skies will begin to clear on Sunday.

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