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Several West Texas counties deal with flooding from heavy rain; drivers told to stay off roads

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Heavy rain in West Texas is causing flooding in several counties where authorities are urging drivers to stay off the roads.

National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Ciccone in Midland says there's been flash flooding in the northern Permian Basin and a large portion of West Texas, as well as in Eddie and Lee counties in southeastern New Mexico. Weather officials expect more flooding through Sunday.

Ciccone reported that Gail, about 75 miles south of Lubbock, has received more than 14.5 inches of rain in the past few hours.

The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/Z37AOF ) that law enforcement officials have gotten reports of up to 8 inches of water over U.S. Highway 180 in Borden County.

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