Storms soak Central Texas

Brady and the Heart of Texas is having a mixed bag of blessings as rain continues to fall on a regular basis in and around Central Texas. Brady has officially gauged 3.49 inches this week bringing the total to 24.59 inches for the year than 1.51 inches from equaling the total average annual rainfall. Counties to the southeast of McCulloch saw record-setting rain fall overnight and in the pre-dawn hours on Wednesday. Lower Colorado River Authority checkpoints measured as much as 19.40 inches of rain in an eight-hour period of time in Marble Falls. Other readings from Mason gauged as much as 6.00 inches and Llano County had several readings of more than 7.00 inches. Historically speaking, May has traditionally been the wettest month of the year for McCulloch County, but with 7.20 so far this month and 24.59 inches for the year, 2007 is setting up to be an extraordinary year. The rainfall is causing problms with many area farmers who are in the middle of a wheat harvest and early stages of a cotton crop. With many area farmers already harvested out, others are hoping the forecasts for chances of rain on each of the next 13 days does not come to fruition. Rain totals this week have ranged from 2.20 inches in Pear Valley to a whopping 7.00 inches just up the road in Fife. According to Fife resident Mike Finlay, a pocket of rain pounded an area from Fife across the Coleman County line to Rockwood and dumped 5.00 inches of rain on Wednesday morning. That was followed by another 2.00 inches Thursday. ‘I am one of the fortunate ones who has my wheat harvested and cotton already planted,’ said Finlay, ‘but it is getting a little wetter than we would like for the cotton crop.’ Reports from the Brady Lake Store on Thursday indicated that the rain had brought the lake level up nearly 14 inches more throughout the day and overnight into Thursday morning. With additional rain falling and more expected over the next several days, hopes are high that the lake will continue to catch runoff.

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