Recent Rains Have Texomans Overflowing with Joy

Despite some flooded roads, the rain sure was a welcome sight for Wichita Falls.
And as Mechell Dixon found out, it has business officials and residents overflowing with joy.

Heavy rains had some Wichita County residents, like Beth Turlington, so excited they want to become a kid again.

"I wanted to go outside and walk around in it.  The bottom fell out and it poured for quite a while and it rained. It rained enough that I've got two inches in my rain gauge," Turlington says.

Turlington is a member of the Wichita County Master Gardeners Association and a rain water collector.
She says the showers will work wonders at greening up the landscape again and providing the area's mature trees with water they've desperately needed.
But it's not just trees needing the rain but people, too.
And Wichita County commissioner, Barry Mahler, who is a farmer, says the rain is a big blessing.

"Just having this moisture will begin to grow some grass back in our pastures.  It will begin to help our summer crops that are just now merging and coming up and it's also going to fit very well with that forecast of an El Nino patter that coming this fall so this could be the start of something good and we're excited about it." Mahler says.

So are residents who hope rain will continue.

"I hope it keeps raining and if it does I think we can get back there," says Samantha Ruiz, a Wichita County resident.

"It will help. Anything we can get will help and I think we'll continue to get some," adds Larry Wilhelm, who also lives in Wichita County.

Mechell Dixon, KFDX 3 News.

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