The weekend's storm appears to have been all bark and no bite in terms of hydration to Graham's main water source, but it did manage to uproot trees, knock down at least two structures, strand hundreds without power for several hours and leave blocks-long stretches of branch-strewn streets in its wake.
Sunday evening, the thunderstorm also caused flash flooding and produced wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour in Graham but, unfortunately, had little influence on Lakes Graham and Eddleman.
The storm started at approximately 6:35 p.m. and dumped 1.57 inches of rain onto the town, according to the National Weather Service reporting station at the Graham Municipal Airport.
“The lake itself came up one half of an inch between yesterday and today,” City Manager David Casteel said Monday. “I went out to 380 where the Salt Creek comes into the lake, and there was no flow, so that's about what we'll probably get.”
The rain didn't reach the Lake Graham watershed, which extends north from the lakes into Young County. There was also a storm near Loving, which is in the watershed, explained Casteel, that produced hard rains, but the duration of the storm was not long enough to produce enough runoff to reach the lakes.
“I think that's a fair statement, that should it rain significantly again I think our chances of getting runoff into the lake really increase, if everything is full in the ponds and the terraces,” Casteel said.
At the height of the storm, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., about 300 people in the Graham area lost electricity, said Oncor Area Manager Gordon Drake. By 10 p.m. the utility company had that number to about 270, and service was returned to all Oncor customers after midnight.
The high wind gusts produced by the storm knocked down power lines and uprooted several large trees.
Read the entire story in Wednesday's Graham Leader.