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High Water Floods Moore County Roads

Posted July 23, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Most of us wanted the rain, but some are learning to be careful what they wish for. Many places have gotten too much of a good thing. In Moore County the rain has flooded many roads.

Residents of Robbins say they got more than enough rain Tuesday night. When it started to rain again Wednesday, most people weren't happy about it. By Wednesday evening, 11 roads were closed due to flooding.

The small town is known for its friendly people and a thriving downtown area. Wednesday, however, it was the water everyone was talking about. Resident John Needham said he'd seen flooding before, but not like this.

Parts of Moore County got about 9 inches of rain. One corn field was flattened by the downpour. The rain came down so hard and fast that nine roads were closed early on. UPS driver Rodney Mabe says that's made his job considerably more difficult.

As long as the area has been waiting for rain, it seems this downpour has been too much too late. Mabe says the town can't take much more.

Emergency management officials are urging people who must be out on the roads to be very cautious. Drivers should be alert for flooding and are asked to call 9-1-1 to report any flooding on roads that have not already been closed.