West Texas Storms Leave Flooding and School Closings

A West Texas school district has called off classes for the day after nearly 7 inches of rain left behind flooded roads.

The Tahoka Independent School District canceled classes Tuesday. Superintendent George McFarland cited unsafe travel conditions.

The Texas Department of Transportation reports some roads closures south of Lubbock due to flooding, in areas near Tahoka and Lamesa.

National Weather Service forecaster Chris Morris says Tahoka had received almost 6.9 inches of rain in the 24-hour period ending Tuesday morning.

Morris says Lubbock set a precipitation record Monday with 3.42 inches of rain. The previous record for May 4 was set in 2001, when Lubbock received .82 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service says showers that began Monday in West Texas should ease off by Wednesday.

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