Storms Bring Much Needed Rain and Cause Dangerous Flash Flooding


Last Updated on June 24, 2020 – 9:40 AM CDT

Severe thunderstorms rolled through Moore County on Monday evening dumping close to 4 inches of rain in parts of Dumas causing flash flooding in the downtown area and in some residential neighborhoods. A video of a man kayaking down a residential street in Dumas was posted to Facebook shortly after the storms had passed.

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A man kyaking down a residential street in Dumas after storms dump around 4 inches of rain and cause flash flooding. – Video Credit: Maria Williams
Kayaking in the streets after flash flooding in Dumas on June 22, 2020 – Video Credit: Josie Aguilar

According to official NOAA rainfall data, Moore County has received only 3.15 inches between January 1st and June 18th of this year. The average historical year-to-date for Moore County for the same period stands at 7.42 inches. Official Moore County totals for Monday evening had not been released at the time of this article’s original publishing.

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Flash flooding on June 22, 2020 North Maddox area – Photo Credit: Zelene Vasquez
Vehicles driving down Maddox Avenue in Dumas on June 22, 2020 after storms dump around 4 inches of rain. – Photo Credit: Lisa Jones

Despite the flash flooding of Dumas streets, many vehicles could be seen driving through deep water around town. At least one vehicle appeared to be stalled due to the water as two Dumas Police officers pushed the vehicle and driver to safety.

Complaints posted on social media stated that waves from the cars driving down residential streets were washing up to the front doors of some homes while others posted about their homes being flooded. Dumas police were dispatched to at least one neighborhood where they had received complaints of homes flooding.

The rainfall comes at a critical time. Moore County has had a burn ban in effect since November of 2019 leaving the area at critical fire danger levels for months. The current situation has caused concern for some Moore County residents with the upcoming fireworks season which begins June 24th and ends at midnight on July 4th.

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Dumas Police Offices push a car through a flooded Dumas street to help a stranded driver. – Photo Credit: Michele Morrow

As recent as June 16th a grass fire driven by high winds burned several hundred acres west of Dumas in a short time period and threatened homes. The fire briefly shut down east/west traffic on US-87 between Dumas and Hartley.

On June 16, 2020 a grass fire burns west of Dumas as high winds drive the fire near homes and onto U.S. Highway 87 – Photo Credit: R. Brady

As widespread critical fire weather conditions persist across the area, the region is in desperate need of more moisture. This recent storm brought some short term relief at the beginning of the fireworks season but Moore County needs to catch up on much-needed rainfall.