An already storm-battered Erath County received a 20-year record rainfall this weekend when storms dumped as much as 10 inches of rain in some parts of the county.
As residents worked to dry out Monday with a few peaks of sunshine, they braced for more wet weather as forecasters said additional rain is expected through much of the week.
A strong line of thunderstorms swept across the area Saturday night, dumping 5.35 inches of rain in Stephenville - a new record, according to local weather watcher Dr. Stuart Chilton who said the previous record was 5.34 inches set on Jan. 24, 2012.
Saturday night's storms brought large hail and high winds, prompting city and county officials to sound the tornado sirens three times and Code Red four times, and 300 residents to seek shelter at Stephenville Public Library.
"The main problem we faced Saturday was high water," said John Wooley, the county's emergency management coordinator. "It only takes 2 feet of water to dislodge a vehicle from the roadway, so high water can be a very dangerous situation."
With more rain expected this week, motorists are urged to use caution in low water crossing.
Police Chief Jason King said parts of East Long Street, Prairie Wind and the entrances to City Park remain closed due to high water.
"We still have no final assessment of the damage from this weekend," Wooley said. "But it's certainly been a rocky few days."