We need rain. The more of it we get; the better. Majority of the counties hardest hit by drought conditions are in the panhandle. As excited as we all should be when we get rain, and hopefully get more soon, there's one important thing to remember.
The one, most important thing to remember about rain in Amarillo is that it loves to flood our roads.
For The Love Of All That's Holy, Please Drive Safe And Sane In The Rain
It never fails. Rain starts falling, and people lose their minds behind the wheel. I've seen it several times.
I saw a vehicle barrel through a stop sign and t-bone another during a storm. On more than one occasion, we find vehicles stranded in some incredibly low lying areas.
Remember, The Roads Will Flood And It Can Be Dangerous
I've had more than one instance in Amarillo where I found myself with a white-knuckle grip on my steering wheel, praying to God that I get where I need to go.
Roads flood in Amarillo. It can get pretty bad, pretty quick. It doesn't seem like something that's going to go away any time soon.
Do your absolute best to not drive through the deep waters. You'll find them on I-40 as you try to make your way through town. Those fun spots where you go down a big dip under an overpass? Not so fun when it's been raining.
A lot of intersections can turn into mini-ponds. Rainwater starts in the gutters and quickly expands to taking up a whole lane by itself.
Drive slow, safe, and sane. Please.
We have several more chances for rain coming up. Let it be something to call your friends and celebrate about; not a reason to call your insurance company and a tow truck about.