When it rains, it pours; Wettest September since 2009

By Austin Jackson | Published Wednesday, September 26, 2018

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After one of the driest summers in decades, Decatur is having one of the wettest Septembers in years.

This weekend’s deluge, which turned area roadways into small rivers and Decatur High School into a manmade waterfall, pushed Decatur’s rainfall total to 8.11 inches so far for September, a recent record according to data from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth,

“It’s the wettest September since 2009 for Decatur,” said Lamont Bain of the National Weather Service. “It’s about 5 inches above normal.”

The next closest rainfall total in recent years for September is 7.38 inches in 2010. Bridgeport’s precipitation total for September is up 3.2 inches compared to its average.

Last week alone Decatur received nearly 5 inches of rain, but that’s less than what other Wise County cities received.

Preliminary rainfall totals from last week included 9.8 inches in Cottondale, 6.9 in Paradise, 5.6 in Bridgeport, 4.2 in Greenwood and 3.8 in Alvord.

Flash flood warnings were in effect in the area and the Office of Wise County Emergency Management prepared to assist for potential flooding. While the rainfall was vast, it could have been worse.

Wise County Emergency Management Cooridinator Cody Powell said the storm initially appeared like it would stall out over Wise County, increasing the areas risk of flood. But the storm pushed east of the area Friday night.

“A lot of the real heavy rain was hitting Tarrant and Denton County when we were thinking it was going to hit us,” Powell said. “We were very fortunate.”

Powell said no streets were shut down due to flooding for an extended period of time and the Emergency Management office has only received second-hand reports of home damage after the record rainfall.

“From an emergency response standpoint, it was very managable,” Powell said.

The amount of damage reports were low considering how widespread the rainfall was in the area, Powell said. If you’re a resident that did recieve damage from the storms, report damages to the Wise County Emergency Management by emailing

Powell said it’s important to keep track of the damage for reporting purposes. Emergency Management can come out and do an initial assessment of your home or property.

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