Rain storms, blessing and curse say East Texans

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - By Courtney Lane - bio | email
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SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - East Texas was saturated Wednesday in some much-needed rain. While the showers were a blessing for many, it also proved to be somewhat of a curse.

Along the west-bound lanes of Interstate 20, traffic moved at a snail's pace, but emergency crews rushed around the clock.

"I saw a car on the way up here like ducking and dodging in the lanes just going back and forth," said driver Shahida Robertson.

There were chain reactions. The back and front of cars crunched. One truck slid off the interstate and had to be pulled out of the mud by a tow truck.

"It's been slick on the roads - a lot of heavy patches of water on the road," said driver David Littleton.

Motorcyclist Larry Dunlap stopped to take shelter, waiting out the storm and the chaos on the roadways.

"People just don't pay attention when they drive anymore," said Dunlap. "I don't know talking on the phone and texting.

"You just got to slow down - 30 miles an hour," said driver Charles Allen. "If you don't, you're going to wind up off the road or running in the rear of somebody."

Though it was a curse for drivers, for farmers it was a welcome sight. Gregory Williams says if it weren't for irrigation systems, crops would have dried up.

"The growing season has been rough," he said.

But, for some farmers, the rain was a little too late.

"It may not save some of the crops that have already been lost but you can turn around with all of your hot weather crops: peas, corn, watermelon, squash, and plant them again and hopefully this will give them an ability to hold and maybe sustain the drought until we can get some more rains again," said Williams.

Farmers are praying for a lot more rain to come. One farmer we talked to says he has already lost many of his blackberries, but other crops like blueberries and peaches are doing ok.

Fortunately, none of those wrecks we came across caused life-threatening injuries.

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