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2015/4/17 - Family Protests Lack of Police Action in Assault of Teen Daughter
2015/4/17 - Friday Briefs
2015/4/17 - Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area
2015/4/16 - Document Sheds Light on April 7th Murder
2015/4/15 - County-wide Food Drive Precedes Mayors' Day of Concern
2015/4/15 - Letters: LISD Board Candidate Smith Exposed
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Lewisville PD Teams Up with US Army for Recruiting Event

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/19 12:20:00 (40 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowOpen in new windowBy Steve Southwell

Saturday, US Army soldiers and around a hundred of their recruits visited the Lewisville Police Department at the Jerry Galler Public Safety Training Facility in Lewisville for demonstrations and classroom lectures. The event, which LPD Chief Russ Kerbow said had been in the works for about a year, brought future soldiers and their Army recruiters from all over the metroplex to Lewisville for SWAT demonstrations, and a chance to learn how to leverage their future military careers for their advantage in a civilian law enforcement career afterwards.

Lt. Colonel Robert Patton, commander of the Army Recruiting Battalion for Dallas, referring to the mostly high school seniors present for the demos, said that currently 71% of their peers do not qualify to join the Army, and that by the year 2020, that number could be as high as 80%. Patton said that potential recruits are rejected due to issues of morality (criminal history or drug use), aptitude (scoring below 31 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery test), or physical fitness (obesity is a problem these days). With law enforcement jobs having even higher standards, recruiting for those jobs can be even more difficult. Agencies like the Lewisville Police Department actively recruit former military members for jobs.

LPD Sergeant Jesse Hunter, himself a former captain in the Army, told the recruits that the military service on their resume would be highly advantageous to them if they choose to seek a law enforcement career after their service. He told the future soldiers to plan ahead, and use their military service to their advantage, getting training and keeping a clean record while maintaining good standing in the community. Hunter told the group that right outside the gates of whatever base they would be stationed on, there will be pawn shops, strip joints, and tattoo shops. But he urged the young men and women to make the right lifestyle choices regardless of the temptations.

Hunter said he hopes that the event can become an annual one. “If I can help any of these young guys, just to keep them out of those troubles, and keep them away from those temptations, that way they’re not so surprised, and they know what to expect,” he said. “Maybe they can come away from the Army with more than a tattoo and a bad experience; they can have some kind of skill set they can use in their private lives.”

More photos from Saturday are on the Lewisville Texan Journal Facebook page.

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Relay For Life at LHS Harmon Campus on May 15th

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/17 20:50:43 (143 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowThe annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life fundraising event will be held this year at the Lewisville High School Ben Harmon Campus, starting at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15th. Teams of walkers will camp out overnight and take turns walking or running around the track. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have at least one participant on the track at all times.

The event raises funds for the American Cancer Society, which funds research into cancer, among other services. Most walkers in the event solicit family, friends, and coworkers for online donation requests. Kathy Locke, online chair for the event says they have had t-shirt sales, team craft sales, easter basket auctions, silent auctions and "change collections" used to raise funds.

The local event so far has 31 teams and 573 participants signed up for the event, with $42,919 raised. The group’s goal is to raise $100,000. There will be a silent auction and various onsite team fundraisers at the event, including Mani”CURE”s, cake walks. The group is still signing up teams and participants.

What: Relay for Life of Lewisville/Flower Mound
When: Friday, May 15th 2015 6:00pm-6:00am
Where: Lewisville High School-Harmon Campus
1205 W Round Grove Rd.
Lewisville, Texas 75057

You can sign up or donate by visiting the event website.

Related Links:
- Relay for Life of Lewisville / Flower Mound Facebook Page
- Relay for Life of Lewisville / Flower Mound - Event Website

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Family Protests Lack of Police Action in Assault of Teen Daughter

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Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/17 7:57:38 (712 reads)

Open in new windowBy Andrew Wyatt and Steve Southwell

Last Saturday, the family of a crime victim were picketing along Main Street in front of the Lewisville Police Department. Their motivation, a combination of both hope and rage, is a result of a brutal act of violence on their 19-year-old daughter. Their message was about justice. They say that despite her injuries and their identification of her attacker, police have yet to arrest him. For the purpose of this story, we won’t print the girls name, or that of her alleged attacker.

The family says that sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. on Easter Sunday, April 5th, the girl was choked and thrown to the concrete by her 21-year-old boyfriend. A friend who was at the scene of the crime ultimately took the teen to her parents’ house where a 911 call brought a response by the police an ambulance.

The ambulance took her to Medical Center of Lewisville where a cat scan was performed. The family said that doctors examined her and prescribed a painkiller before sending her home without admitting her.

The family says they could tell that the girl’s condition was more serious than what the doctors there concluded, so they immediately took her to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, where doctors concluded that she had a concussion, PTSD, and short-term memory loss. The doctors gave the parents orders not to surround her with stimulation, such as bright lights because her brain needs to heal. She was admitted to Parkland, where the family says she stayed a couple of days before coming home. She has continued to have headaches, and had to go to the hospital in Fort Worth last week for additional treatment

The victim's grandmother told us she was also upset with what she viewed as a lack of proper treatment by Medical Center of Lewisville, which she says released the young woman in a state where she could not sit up or walk, and was not responding verbally.

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Friday Briefs

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/17 7:29:40 (256 reads)

Daytime outdoor watering restrictions resume May 1
Effective May 1, and lasting through the end of September, daytime outdoor watering in Lewisville will be prohibited as part of the Emergency Water Management Plan. Automated and manual sprinklers are not allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. during the summer months. Hand-watering and use of soaker hoses are not affected.

The summertime restriction, which became mandatory in 2014 after being voluntary for many years, is intended to help conserve the city’s water supply by reducing water waste and evaporation that is common to daytime outdoor watering.

The watering schedule for residential customers is determined by street address. Those properties with an even-numbered address (ending in 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8) or no street address are allowed to water on Tuesday and Saturday. Properties with an odd-numbered address (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7 or 9) are allowed to water on Wednesday and Sunday. Commercial and multi-family customers are allowed to water on Monday and Thursday.

For more information, read our article from last year or visit the City of Lewisville website.

TxDOT begins concrete work on FM 407
The Texas Department of Transportation was scheduled to begin work this Wednesday on concrete panel replacement on FM 407 from one-quarter mile west of Briarhill Blvd. to I-35E. Work will commence from west to east on the eastbound lanes, one lane at a time, then westbound from east to west. The contract on the project runs through Oct. 1.

Open in new windowLakeCities Ballet’s “Music in Motion” at MCL Grand
LakeCities Ballet Theatre will present its spring 2015 performance, “Music in Motion,” on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Ticket prices are $17 and can be purchased at lakecitiesballet.org or ticketriver.com. A free pre-performance workshop will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., which will introduce children to dance. The workshop is free to children with a ticket to the performance, but reservations to guild@lakecitiesballet.org are highly recommended, as space is limited.

Geocaching Adventure available at LLELA Nature Preserve
Geocaching has come to Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area.

Geocaching is a worldwide game that feels a bit like a treasure hunt. Participants enter coordinates in a GPS receiver and use it to find a marked location, usually a point of geographical, historical or scenic interest. Upon arriving at the coordinates, the geocacher searches the area for a hidden object or container.

In the case of LLELA Nature Preserve Geocache Adventure, participants search for 12 hidden letter tags. Participants find the tags and record each tag’s letter in the appropriate spot in a puzzle sheet available at LLELA.org. The letters form a phrase. Successful geocachers can take the puzzle sheet with the completed phrase to the LLELA Nature Preserve gatehouse to receive a patch. It may take more than one visit to find all the letters, as they are spread out on four separate hiking trails.

Geocachers must enter LLELA Nature Preserve during regular public hours (Friday-Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). All visitors are required to enter through the gate at 201 E. Jones Street. There is a $5 per person daily entry fee, free for children 5 years and under.

More info...

VAL’s graffiti and street art exhibit runs through May 30
Visual Art League of Lewisville is currently displaying a graffiti and street art exhibit at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Admission to the exhibit is free and available Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or during public performances at MCL Grand. The exhibit closes on May 30. For more information, visit visualartleague.org.

Walking, Friends, and Fun group looking for members to enjoy nature hikes
If you enjoy walking, going on nature hikes and the company and friendship of nice people, WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound may be the group for you:

"Our members are from all over the North Texas area including Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Corinth, Lake Dallas and more. Our members are singles, couples, seniors, Boomers, GenXers,Millennials, families, dog lovers, fit, not so fit.

We are not about extreme exercise but we do enjoy getting out and being active. Everyone is welcome! WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound started out as Denton Walking & Friends, a walking group, but it has expanded to include other activities such as movies, dining out, music festivals, art shows, community festivals, sporting events, and many more fun local events. Participation in our walks, hikes and social events is a great way to meet people and develop friendships in the community.

Our regularly scheduled one-hour walks take place in various parks in Denton County including areas in Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village and Corinth. We also regularly schedule 2-hour hikes in the Greenbelt Corridor Park East of Denton. We also enjoy bicycle riding at the Greenbelt. Additionally, we try to schedule a "something different" hike or event every now and then that may be outside of the Denton County area. When we travel out of the area we arrange carpooling.

WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound is an all-inclusive and supportive group and our goal is to encourage each other to be active. All fitness levels are welcome. Everyone is encouraged to walk at their own pace. Many of our walks are dog and/or stroller friendly and we try to indicate that whenever we know for sure. Also, we encourage full participation here at WALKING, FRIENDS & FUN - Denton, Lewisville, Flower Mound. We love to hear new ideas for walks, hikes or fun."

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Open in new windowDCTA seeks input through survey starting Monday
Denton County Transportation Authority is running a survey to gather input on its current performance and identify ways to better serve passengers. The brief survey focuses on DCTA services and the agency’s passenger tools “Where’s My Ride” and “GORequest.”

Passengers who fill out the required survey questions will be entered into a prize drawing. All completed surveys must be received no later than Saturday, April 18, to be entered into the drawing.

Passengers can return completed surveys to a DCTA representative, bus or rail operator, the ticket counter at the Downtown Denton Transit Center, or complete the online version at RideDCTA.net. Survey results will be presented to DCTA’s Board of Directors in May.

From submitted reports

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Upcoming Events Around Lewisville and the Surrounding Area

Lewisville Area Calendar and Events
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2015/4/17 7:10:00 (154 reads)

Open in new windowAs always, there are many arts and leisure events and educational opportunities coming up in Lewisville and the surrounding cities. Here are some selected events that you may find interesting.

Open in new windowFriday, April 17th: Lewisville Lake Symphony Performance
Pavel Gintov, winner of the 1st Takamatsu International Piano Competition, will perform with the Lewisville Lake Symphony on Friday, April 17, at 7:30 pm, in the final concert of the 2014-15 Symphony Series. He will play Shostakovich’s Concerto No. 1 for Piano, Trumpet, and Strings, a performance that also features Bert Truax on trumpet.

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Saturday, April 18th: Activities at LLELA: Log House, Campfire, Kayaking
Open House at the Minor-Porter Log House: Noon-3 p.m. Completely restored and furnished with all the trappings of everyday frontier life, the log house gives visitors a window on life in Denton County in 1870. Interested visitors of all ages are welcome to arrive at any time during the open hours and tour at their own pace. Knowledgeable volunteers will guide visitors through the structures and answer questions in this informal tour. Cost: regular admission ($5/person; children age 5 years and under free).

Gather Around Our Campfire: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Meet at a cozy campfire for traditional campfire fun, which may include stories, songs and of course toasted marshmallows. This is LLELA Nature Preserve’s last campfire event until fall, so don’t miss out! Cost is $10/person or $30/family. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or Erin.Taylor@unt.edu.

Kayaking Tour on McWhorter Creek: 4-6 p.m.; April 19, 2-4 p.m. All skill levels are welcome; paddlers receive an introduction to kayaking on dry land before pushing off into the water. All equipment is provided. Don’t delay in registering; these trips fill up quickly. Cost is $20/paddler. Tour is for ages 7 and up. Registration is required at 972.219.3930 or lisa.cole@unt.edu.

Wednesday, April 22nd: Neighbors Leading Neighbors Kickoff Meeting
The City of Lewisville is launching a program to create points of contact between neighborhoods and the city, so that information can be shared, and efforts can be coordinated to revitalize and improve neighborhoods. A kickoff meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the MCL Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles St. More information...

Thursday, April 23rd: Lewisville City Council Candidate Forum
The Clubs and Residents of Castle Hills are sponsoring a candidate forum at 7 p.m. at the Castle Hills North Community Center, 201 Anna Ave. All of the Mayoral candidates, and many of the at-large candidates, have confirmed they will attend. Come out to Castle Hills and meet your city council and mayoral candidates!

Friday, April 24th: Senior Activity Center Health Fair
The annual Lewisville Senior Activity Center Health Fair will be held Friday, April 24, at the center, 1950-A South Valley Parkway.

At 8 a.m., a Fun Walk around Memorial Park begins, with five stations along the path. At each station, walkers will receive one playing card. At the end of the walk, the person with the best poker hand wins a prize. Participants will receive a free t-shirt while supplies last.

The fair opens at 8:30 a.m., featuring education, prevention, early detection and local resources from nearly 80 vendors in all fields relating to senior citizens. A sandwich lunch will be provided to the first 300 guests at 11:30 a.m.

At noon, Aaron A. Kaplan, a symphonic film composer, orchestrator, pianist and songwriter, will be the keynote speaker. His music can be heard on radio, television and film, and his musical portraits continue to be widely acclaimed.

Prize drawings will begin at 12:30 p.m. Winners need not be present in order to win door prizes but must be present to win a grand prize. A silent auction will be held by Associates of the Lewisville Senior Activity Center to raise money for various senior-related projects.

Open in new windowFriday, April 24th: LakeCities Ballet’s “Music in Motion” at MCL Grand
LakeCities Ballet Theatre will present its spring 2015 performance, “Music in Motion,” on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, starting at 7:30 p.m. both nights, at Medical Center of Lewisville Grand Theater, 100 N. Charles Street.

Ticket prices are $17 and can be purchased at lakecitiesballet.org or ticketriver.com. A free pre-performance workshop will be held Saturday at 6 p.m., which will introduce children to dance. The workshop is free to children with a ticket to the performance, but reservations to guild@lakecitiesballet.org are highly recommended, as space is limited.

Open in new windowSaturday, April 25th: Keep Lewisville Beautiful - Spring Cleanup
Keep Lewisville Beautiful is partnering with the City of Lewisville to host its 29th annual citywide cleanup on Saturday April 25th, 2015. An environmental expo will also be held onsite. This FREE Earth Day event will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful Great America Clean Up activities. Volunteers are needed for cleanup teams and on site help. Sign in and registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Residential Convenience Center parking lot (330 Jones Street). Clean Up is from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. Clean up supplies, free lunch, KLB t-shirts, door prizes and FUN will be provided. More info...

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Document Sheds Light on April 7th Murder

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/16 23:00:00 (2322 reads)

Open in new windowNow that both suspects in the April 7th murder of Richard Lee Myles (a.k.a. Richard Lee Martin*) are in custody, the affidavit for the arrest of Demico Stanley sheds light on what police learned from witnesses, and what one of the two suspects told them - including that Stanley was the trigger man, and that the other suspect, Adrian Quigley was allegedly shot by Stanley during the crime.

On the evening of Tuesday, April 7th, Martin was shot and killed in his apartment at the Hampton Bay complex on Southwest Parkway. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner lists his cause of death as gunshot wounds of the chest and abdomen.

A friend of Martin’s told police that he and Martin had been changing out a starter on the friend’s car in the parking lot when someone he knew as “Bam”, later identified as Adrian Omar Quigley, of The Colony, approached them. Martin told the friend that he and “Bam” (Quigley) had to go take care of some business in Martin’s apartment.

After a time, this friend heard gunshots from the direction of Martin’s apartment. When he looked to see what was going on, he saw Quigley, and another suspect that he believed to be Quigley’s cousin. Martin’s friend said that Quigley was carrying Martin’s backpack.

Other witnesses told police that they heard gunshots and saw two black men run off from Martin’s second-floor apartment, carrying what looked like electronics. A resident of another building heard the commotion, and saw the two suspects running. She noticed that one was injured and bleeding on his left side. She said the two got in a parked car, with the injured one in the passenger seat, and the other one driving. This witness had the presence of mind to write down the license plate number of the vehicle as it left.

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County-wide Food Drive Precedes Mayors' Day of Concern

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/15 18:49:42 (250 reads)

Open in new windowMayors’ Day of Concern April 21!
Food Drive April 14-20

More than 104,000 Denton County residents do not know where their next meal will come from, including 10% of seniors and 18% of children. To help fight hunger in Denton County, Denton Mayor Chris Watts, Lewisville Mayor Dean Ueckert, Flower Mound Mayor Tom Hayden, and Highland Village Mayor Pro Tem Charlotte Wilcox have declared April 21, 2015, the fourth annual Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry. This year, CCA is partnering with Serve Denton to host the Mayors’ Day of Concern for the Hungry.
Join CCA for this Denton county-wide food drive! From April 14-20, Denton County residents can donate nonperishable food items to benefit organizations that provide food to people in need in our community.

Mayors’ Day of Concern will benefit:
Christian Community Action Food Pantry
Metrocrest Services Food Pantry
Lake Cities Community Food Pantry
…and other small food banks throughout Denton County

How can you get involved?
Organize a food drive, with your business, organization, church or school, to collect nonperishable food items like:
• boxed macaroni and cheese
• boxed hamburger helper
• other boxed meals
• canned tuna or chicken
• or other canned food items

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Letters: LISD Board Candidate Smith Exposed

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/15 18:18:15 (311 reads)
Letters

To the editor:

If you were looking for [LISD Board Candidate] Mary Smith, outside of her position at Presbyterian Flower Mound Hospital, more than likely you will find her in a place she finds to be her center point. That center point for her is at New Beginnings Church right in the center of Lewisville. Growing up, Smith was surrounded by a family that found comfort in not only attending church but inserting their spiritual gifts in and outside of the church. Today, Smith carries the same traditions with her family. Her foundation consists of strong morals and values such as being trustworthy, non-judgmental, standing firm for what is right, and being dependable- all derived from her relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Jesus Christ is the head of my life and everything I do is to honor him. I honor him through consistently loving others, having compassion for all, extending grace in all situations, and holding short accounts. I do this because every day Jesus does this for me.” -Mary Smith

During Smith’s second year of college, at 19 years of age, she found out that her first child would be arriving in September resulting in her Physical Education degree being placed on hold. At that point in time, Smith believed all of her education and career goals would become a distant memory since she would have to focus on becoming a mother. Ten years later, four more children, a divorce and a new marriage, Smith began to rethink the possibility of a degree again, and that thought reignited her passion for education. Smith decided to not be held in bondage anymore and to reignite her passion for education. In the spring of 2010 Smith completed her bachelors in Biblical Theology and is a third of the way from completing her Masters at Dallas Baptist University. Smith has no plans of stopping at her Masters.

“My education journey has fueled my passion to fight for quality education for all”- Mary Smith

Smith’s life journey has allowed her to develop into an individual who can bring people of different backgrounds together for a common cause. If elected, Smith plans to listen to the concerns of parents and teachers and seek out a solution. Smith believes that in order to see LISD at its full potential, all parties need to work together.

“In 2012 a teacher stepped out of her comfort zone for my husband by donating her kidney that saved his life. My appreciation for teachers runs deep.”

Therefore, Smith vow’s to go to work for all in preparing all of our children for success in a competitive world.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”- Nelson Mandela

Jennifer Rivera,
Dallas

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Temporary Closure of Connector Road Between Southbound I-35E Frontage Road at Corporate Drive

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/15 13:20:00 (204 reads)

Lewisville, Texas – The connector road between the southbound I-35E frontage road and eastbound Corporate Drive has been closed temporarily for repairs. Southbound traffic wishing to access eastbound Corporate Drive will continue to FM 3040/Round Grove Road, cross over the bridge and return up to the northbound frontage road to Corporate Drive. This closure is expected to last until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday.

For more information about the 35Express project or to sign up for traffic alerts, please visit www.35Express.org.

Via 35Express
Updated 4:24 p.m. to note that closure will last until 8 p.m.

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Flood WARNING for Denton County

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2015/4/13 8:50:00 (350 reads)

Update: 9:20 a.m.:
The National Weather Service has upgraded the flood advisory to a warning for Denton County. Avoid low-lying areas.



Original Post:
Open in new windowFLOOD ADVISORY FOR DENTON COUNTY - The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for Denton County. As of 8:32 a.m. doppler radar indicated heavy rain due to thunderstorms, with one to two inches of rainfall expected over the next few hours. NWS thinks this could cause minor flooding in the advisory area, especially on roadways and in poor-drainage areas. Please use caution, and remember: Turn around, don't drown! Don't drive through moving water across roadways, as it only takes a small depth to sweep a car away.

The flood advisory is until 11:30 a.m.

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