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Fair weather for the last day of the fair, yet rainfall causes bridge collapse in central Texas

Fair attendance at the Texas State Fair last day increased despite the more than 11 inches reported near Melissa in Collin County this month

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Fair weather for the last day of the fair, yet rainfall causes bridge collapse in central Texas

Carly Maisel, Editor in Chief

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A bridge located in Llano, Texas collapsed on Tuesday morning. The bridge was over-ran by flood waters. The city was expecting the rain, but nothing compared to what they received. The flooding forced the evacuation of riverside homes.   Meanwhile, in Melissa, more than 11 inches have hit Collin County this month, bringing students indoors for many activities and travel difficult throughout Texas. 

Weather experts said rain is more common in the fall.

“The transition from fall to winter usually brings elevated levels of rainfall,” Meteorologist, Patricia Sanchez, said. “But it’s nothing compared to the amount of precipitation over the last month.”

Numerous water rescues have happened, these rescues led to the founding of a body. Located in Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, where the Llano flows into the Colorado, police found a body that has yet to be identified.

“We have responded to around 80 traffic accidents,” The Fort Worth Fire Department said. “All blamed on the slick roads and drivers poor visibility.”

Residents were evacuated, and many school districts in the area were closed. Water levels in Llano are well above the major flood stage. These levels have reached just under 40 feet. Flood warnings were issued for many areas around and above Houston. The city of Austin’s fire officials temporarily banned all use of water.  

“The rising water forced us to stand on the kitchen counter until emergency personnel arrived,” Residents, Bill and Laura Villella said.

Even after all of the rain that hit Texas, citizens were finally able to attend the Texas state fair. Big Tex welcomed hundreds of people on Sunday, October 21st. While the fairgoers devoured deep-fried Oreos, they basked in the bright Texas sun.

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Carly Maisel, Editor in Chief

Senior, Carly Maisel, is entering her third and final year on The Banner. She was the editor her sophomore year and the editor in chief her junior and...

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