Sweetwater residents welcome rain after severe storm

Sweetwater residents thankful for...

SWEETWATER, Texas - One emergency responder in Sweetwater saw the severe weather that pelted the area with damaging winds, hail, and heavy rain firsthand Friday morning but many residents in Sweetwater were thankful for the water.

Shortly after 3 a.m., Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden responded to an 18-wheeler accident on Interstate 20 that he believed. The vehicle was broken into three pieces but the driver survived minor injuries. The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating the crash but Madden said he believes weather may have been a factor.

Madden said the city needed the rain that came with the storm, as the fire department has seen grass fires every day for the past two weeks. But with the rain came golf ball-sized hail.

Sweetwater resident Larissa Place found several dents on the hood of the car, and the hail also damaged roofs and other cars nearby.

"We will never be upset about rain,” Place said. “I can do without the hail damaging my car but the rain is something we will never turn away."

Madden continued to survey the area and found flooding on Musgrove Street that washed away rocks. He also noted that power went out in one residential area after a transformer caught fire.

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