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.