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Flash Flooding Watch Expires, Water Restrictions Lifted

Cyclists make their way through the water on Sunday, May 25 at Padre Park.
Dominic Anthony Walsh
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Texas Public Radio
Cyclists make their way through the water on May 25, 2020 at Padre Park.

The National Weather Service's flash flood watch for the San Antonio area and Hill Country expired Wednesday afternoon as rain chances diminished earlier than expected.

Forecasters expected more rain this weekend.

The greatest threat to residents has been driving through flooded low water crossings or streets, the cause of most drownings.

The Guadalupe River was expected to flow above flood stage and cause moderate flooding in Refugio, Calhoun, and Victoria Counties before the weekend.

Some coastal counties have closed flooded roads.

To the far east of San Antonio, a storm chaser Tuesday night recorded a video of a tornado on the ground, north of Schulenberg. Damage included downed power lines.

Five water rescues were reported near La Grange Tuesday night.

The NWS reported just under 3 inches of rain fell at San Antonio International Airport this month.

The City of San Antonio and the San Antonio Water System declared an end to Stage 1 and 2 watering rules effective Thursday due to flood runoff into the Edwards Aquifer.

Recent rains sent the 10-day average for the aquifer above the conservation trigger point.

Either level one of two water restrictions have been in place since October 2020. Those restrictions limit the days and hours when residents can use automatic landscape sprinklers.

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