ABILENE, Texas -

Abilene and parts of the Big Country saw heavy rains Wednesday night, through early Thursday morning.

Rain totals around Abilene ranged between 1.5 to 2.5 inches. Dyess Air Force Base received 2.38 inches, while Abilene Regional saw 1.82.

"Oh it's great," Abilenian Jim Lebrenz said. "My mom checked her rain gauge at her house. Almost three inches."

"It's a wonderful thing to have rain in the summer time," said another Abilene resident.

Several Abilenians were excited about the rain; however, the high water levels did create some safety concerns.

Some low-level streets such as South 1st & Mockingbird were closed for a period of time due to flooding.

Some cars were also stalled or became stuck in the water.

To prepare for future rainy or flooded days, the Abilene police and fire departments urge drivers to avoid high waters, and to not drive through streets that are blocked off.

If you proceed to do so, you could face up to a $500 fine.