Be advised that due to recent amounts of rainfall there are several road closures throughout Howard County. As of yesterday afternoon, the Howard County Sheriff’s Office noted 11 road closures around the county – Moore School; County Roads- 21, 29, 34, 35, 37, and 24; Salem; Old Colorado City Rd; McGregor, and Culp. For a more details on those closures, visit the KBest Media Facebook page or the Facebook page for the Howard County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Howard County Volunteer Fire Chief Mitchell Hooper, there have been 8 high-water rescues conducted by the Volunteer Fire Department in less than a month. He noted that usually, they only have about 1-2 rescues per year.
"The county has been putting out road barriers and cones trying to keep people off the roads that are flooded. They've had people moving them, going around them, and, eventually, we end up going to rescue them," said Chief Hooper.
Chief Hooper advised that the barricades are up for your protection.
"We're risking our lives [and] our equipment," continued Hooper. "
We've already had to put two brush trucks in the barn, and we're probably going to have to put our two big pumpers in to have the fluids changed from driving throug the high water to rescue people [because] the water gets into the fluids and stuff."
He went on to remind the public to be cautious when approaching rushing water, and if can’t see the road “Turn around, don’t drown”.
(Image used from Howard County Sheriff's Facebook page.)