Here Are Current, Urgent Warnings From Officials Over Flooding
Today, June 2, was supposed to be a big day. There was a big party planned downtown to help kick off the Route 66 Celebration. I was going to make my first trip ever to Wonderland Park, not as a dad or for work; but as a person who just wanted to turn my brain off and relax a little bit. Not now. The rain is pouring, and warnings are being issued.
Here are two current warnings from officials in Randall and Potter Counties regarding the rain, and potential for more flooding.
Things Are Starting To Change Rapidly
I saw some insane photos of McDonald Lake at John Stiff Park earlier today. It was just a couple of days ago I went out there and took photos. Then, the amount of water looked healthy. It was if things were as they were intended to be.
Today, the bathrooms are in the drink. So to speak.
Videos have been circulating of Tanglewood. Photos of Palo Duro Canyon have been making the rounds. The situation in Hereford is dire.
And the rain just keeps coming. Tonight it's accompanied by a tornado watch that goes into the night, along with more watches and warnings that go into the morning.
Randall County Sheriff's Office Gives An Update
Earlier this week, Potter County Sheriffs took to social media to warn people about the Canadian River. Today, the Randall County Sheriff's Office gave an update on what's happening to the south.
According to their post, there are already numerous rural road closures. Crews have been working to try and clear debris so that water can flow; instead of getting backed up and flooding surrounding areas.
They stress paying attention to road closures, and obeying them instead of thinking your four wheel drive mega whatever is going to get you through those areas. It can turn tragic quicker than Benedict Arnold turning traitor.
Amarillo Police Department Urges People To Stay Home
APD is urging residents to stay home unless absolutely necessary. According to their post, there's already a lot of standing water and the playa lakes are full.
They caution everyone to watch for flooded streets, and to not drive through standing water.
Stay safe. Turn around, don't drown. People are already starting to draw comparisons to the flooding in the '80s. Let's hope things settle soon.