Hill Country sees more than 5 inches of rain

Utopia residents rejoice


UTOPIA, Texas – Little to no rain fell in San Antonio overnight Monday, but heavy rains did drench much of the Hill Country, filling creeks and swelling rivers.

Some spots saw more than five inches, with parts of Uvalde County serving as a bull's eye.

Underneath one of those bull's eyes was Utopia, where many residents reported five to six inches.

"It's a blessing," said Utopia resident and Uvalde County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Bill Schaefer.

"We've been praying for this," added resident Catherine Boyce.

The overnight rains were the talk of town inside Utopia's busy Lost Maples Café.

"The river (has) been drying up again (and) all the farms are drying up, so it's good," said resident Frank Jones III.

"We need this rain to get the river back to its maximum," said Boyce.

The rain started Monday night and continued through Tuesday morning, but was only accompanied by minor flooding.

"I think it's fabulous (and) we're really happy to see it," said resident Eleanor Duke.

Duke showed off her overflowing rain gauge while her two daughters took advantage of the wet weather by splashing around in puddles.

The residents said the rain was a welcome alternative to what has been a drought-stricken summer.

"All our rivers are dry, (there's) no place to swim," Duke said.

Meanwhile, Medina Lake did rise slightly and should continue to rise as some of the rain did fall in the lake's watershed. The Edwards Aquifer is also expected to see a rise courtesy of the storms.

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