Overnight storm causes fires, flooding, crashes

Lightning suspected in 2 house fires

SAN ANTONIO – An overnight storm packed with heavy rain, thunder and lightning, kept San Antonio firefighters and police busy and residents wide awake.

The height of the storm hit the city between 1:30 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. Tuesday.

San Antonio firefighters were called to help people inside a ground-floor unit at the Park West apartments in the 11800 block of West Avenue. Maurice Lee said he woke up around 1:30 a.m. and found his air mattress floating on a pool of water and more water dripping from the ceiling.

"It was just running down like a water fall," Lee said. "I had to get a pot, a bowl. I had to get something to catch the water because if I didn't, it would've gotten worse. "

Lee said the apartment above him flooded, causing buckets of water to rain down on his unit. He said he was able to push most of the water outside with a mop.

Flooding on the streets of San Antonio prompted police to put up barricades at nearly 20 intersections throughout the city.

Police said rain was also partly to blame for a crash that shut down eastbound Loop 1604 near Green Mountain Road for more than four hours. Police said an 18-wheeler was speeding on the rain-slickened roads when the driver lost control and hit the concrete median. Two cars crashed into the big rig and a third vehicle left the highway and went down a grassy embankment. Police said no one was seriously hurt.

Lightning is suspected of causing two house fires on different parts of town. 

Firefighters responded to a fire shortly after 2 a.m. in the 10500 block of Ludlow Court, where they discovered the fire had damaged the home. Shortly before 3 a.m., a fire started in the attic of a home in the 2100 block of Arbor Place, chasing a family outdoors.

The stormy weather was blamed for numerous power outages. According to CPS Energy's Twitter page, 4,269 homes and businesses lost electricity at one point during the storm.


About the Author:

Katrina Webber joined KSAT 12 in December 2009. She reports for Good Morning San Antonio. Katrina was born and raised in Queens, NY, but after living in Gulf Coast states for the past decade, she feels right at home in Texas. It's not unusual to find her singing karaoke or leading a song with her church choir when she's not on-air.