Historic flooding fills Ozona draws, delighting swimmers, kayakers

Historic flooding fills Ozona draws, delighting swimmers, kayakers
Ozona draws are normally "bone dry," residents said. (Source: KWES)
Ozona draws are normally "bone dry," residents said. (Source: KWES)
Families made the most of "beach day" while preparing for the possibility of more rain Monday night. (Source: KWES)
Families made the most of "beach day" while preparing for the possibility of more rain Monday night. (Source: KWES)

CROCKETT COUNTY, TX (KWES) - "The Biggest Little Town in the World" prepared for the possibility of more rain Monday following an unexpectedly powerful storm that resulted in historic flooding.

Roads were blocked and portions of Ozona remained flooded Monday after an overnight storm dumped more than 7 inches of rain on the town.

Lightning struck a construction site Sunday night near I-10 and 13th Street, sparking a fire that was extinguished without reports of injuries.

"May of 2007 was the last time we saw anything like this," said Melissa Perner, a longtime resident and Ozona Community Center leader. "We made the decision to close the [Community Center] daycare today after we saw how much water was in the parking lot."

Up to a foot of water collected in draws throughout Ozona - normally "bone dry," according to residents - attracting kayakers and families in beachwear.

"We came to get [in the water] a little bit and chill out," one swimmer said, splashing through a flooded stretch of Johnson Draw.

Runoff and fields of standing water created danger zones south of downtown, authorities said, including an area that "trapped" drivers near Cedar Hill Cemetery.

"This kind of came out of nowhere," said Perner. "There was a severe thunderstorm warning for our neighboring county, but there was nothing for us."

Officials urged residents to prioritize safety and "turn around; don't drown" instead of attempting to drive through flood water.

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