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Flooding causes road closures in the Panhandle

The Associated Press

Flooding caused road closures throughout the northern Texas Panhandle early Thursday.

Shortly before 3 a.m., a spokesman for the Ochiltree County Sheriff's Office in Perryton said it appeared waters were beginning to recede. He said he knew of no damaged homes, injuries or deaths.

Rising water prompted numerous road closures in largely rural areas of Hansford, Lipscomb, Ochiltree and Roberts counties, where flood warnings were issued.

U.S. Highway 83 was closed between Perryton and Canadian with up to 6 feet of water over the South Wolf Creek Bridge, the National Weather Service reported. Rainfall estimates exceeded 8 inches in the Wolf Creek Park area.

Additional rain was not expected, but runoff from previous storms could continue to produce high water levels.

Motorists were warned against driving into areas where water covers the roadway.

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