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Chelsea Humphrey: Why Abilene roads turn into rivers after a little rain

By Chelsea Humphrey, chumphrey@ktxs.com
Published On: Apr 02 2013 07:45:10 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2013 08:15:43 AM CDT
ABILENE, Texas -

After storms roll through, it's up to the roads to carry water away.

According to Chad Carter, Abilene city engineer, "our streets function as the drainage system; by and large there's not a buried storm water system".

Whether it's Willis, Barrow, Mockingbird, or Treadaway, many Abilene drivers have their own opinion on where to find the worst flooding.

Carter said there's not one spot that's much worse than any other.

"It depends on where the rain occurs, I'd say it's spread pretty evenly around town," Carter said.

Depending on the water it could take a few minutes to a few hours for the water to recede. In the meantime, if you have to be out driving, stay away from the water pooled along the roadside, and slow down.

Remember, too, to never move or go around barricades that block flooded roadways. If you get caught, you can be issued a citation and forced to pay from $200 to $1,000. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, you can also be sentenced to up to two years in jail.