Lubbock, Texas was a giant lake yesterday.
After storms dumped several feet of water over the West Texas town, residents took it upon themselves to get around town in something other than a truck — kayaks.
Video shared by KCBD NewsChannel 11 shows Lubbockites kayaking down Quaker avenue, one of several main roads in the city that is usually flooded with cars, not water.
The Lubbock Fire Department also shared that it responded to 16 stalled car 911 calls yesterday, along with a rescue at one flooded house and a call for the dive team to search for a submerged car. Even residents with the biggest of vehicles are realizing just how powerful mother nature can be.
Near 50th and West Loop 289, another major intersection, trucks were easily swept away and submerged in flash flood waters. Lubbock is also built around several Playa Lakes, bodies of water that appear and disappear with the seasons of heavy rainfall. The recent storms have created some of the largest lakes Lubbock has seen in quite some time.
Lubbock is not the only town dealing with the severe Texas floods, either. Most of Texas is on alert as storms continue to rage across the area, creating extremely dangerous areas. Footage of a Jeep getting swept away in New Braunfels went viral yesterday as safety officials urge residents to get to higher ground and avoid low water crossings. A vehicle can by moved by just 18 inches of water — in parts of Texas, rain has been falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour during storms.