Some areas of the state, including the Altus area, received heavy rainfall this weekend. Amounts were varied. Altus Air Force Base reported 2”, in town was said to be 2.8”, the Warren area saw 3.34”. The report from Eldorado was 3.5”, and Elmer reported 4” of rainfall.
With the rain came, severe thunderstorm warnings both Friday and Saturday evenings. Additional heavy rainfall led to some flash flooding where the ground was already saturated. The City of Altus issued a flash flood warning on Sunday when another round of rain came through.
According to Emergency Management Director Loyd Colston, 30 days ago Altus was a foot down in rainfall for the year. Since that time, we have gained 7”. Although 7” is a great gain, and has added to local lake levels, we are still below average for the year. Colston said that even though there is still some rain in the forecast through this coming weekend, the chances for accumulations like what we have seen over the past couple of weeks are not expected.
“Forecasts are for above-average temperatures, and equal chances of rainfall,” Colston said. “That means we are out of the ‘rainy’ season, and the hot conditions will contribute to evaporation.”
Colston said that this is still a great opportunity for the people of Altus, Jackson County, and Southwest Oklahoma to continue their water conservation efforts.
“Please continue to conserve the water we have,” said Colston. “Use what you need, but need what you use,” he added.
Colston said that if we all commit to doing this, we can pull out of the drought situation we are currently in.
Aside from the accumulated rainfall this past weekend, Altus saw some tree damage from high winds, as well as some power lines go down. Reports of wind from 60 to 73 mph were reported. Lines went down south of Broadway on Saturday, and City crews worked the late night and then early morning hours to ensure that Altus Power customers where only without electricity for a short time.