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Rain, Rain, Rain Please Stay

East Texans did finally get to put their umbrellas to some good use today. Those unprepared, just grabbed whatever they could find to keep dry.   Because of the drought, however, some people seemed to forget what it's like to drive in the rain.   Both Tyler police and the Department of Public Safety say they've responded to several accidents. They ask people to remember to slow down and increase your driving distance as the roads are slick.  

It was a refreshing morning for many East Texans as people woke up to this to the sounds of heavy rain not heard in a long time.

"Oh, I'm loving it," said Latonya Hullett. 

"We need it, so the more the merrier," said Gene Rhodes. People without umbrellas grabbed the first thing they could find to keep dry.

"This is a make shift umbrella," said Hullett. "It's the Tyler newspaper."  People say it's worth getting a little wet for some good rain.

"The lakes are down, so we need to fill up," said Rhodes. "It could rain three or four days and it wouldn't hurt anything." Last month, Tyler got a little more than an inch of rain, just 31 percent of what it should have. Longview saw about two inches.   Since May of 2005, Tyler has only seen about 35 inches of rain. Longview about 40. Both numbers are just 58 percent of the normal average.   Those statistics probably mean you won't find many East Texans singing rain rain go away.

"No, no, no," said Tony Foster. "It will be a long time before we sing that song."

Molly Reuter, reporting. mreuter@kltv.com


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