Storms slam area with rain, hail

ALL WET – This field of cotton east of Sundown was water logged Monday following weekend storms that dumped as much as five inches of rain in and around Sundown. Producers will now struggle to keep some of their fields of cotton alive. They are contending with the possibility of blowing sand and too much water that could cause root rot. (Staff Photo)

Thunderstorms packing heavy rain, hail and high winds lashed the county this past weekend, flooding streets and roads, and damaging thousands of acres of crops.

Hardest hit was the south side of Hockley County, where as much as five inches of rain fell.

Sundown City Administrator Curtis Schrader said Sundown got 3-3 Ω inches of rain Saturday evening.

ìMost of it was blowing sideways,î Schrader said.

Hailstones as large as quarters pelted the city for about 20 minutes, but there was no major property damage.

Water got in some residentsí garages and city hall developed a few leak, he added.

Saturdayís downpour forced the Texas Department of Transportation to close several farm-to-market roads because of standing water and mud.

The intersection at FM 301 and Black Gold Road west of Sundown was reopened Monday, said Gary McLendon, county supervisor with TxDOT.

Water still covered part of the roadway Monday afternoon, but its level dropped enough to allow cars to pass through.

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