Weekend brings record rainfall in Bradenton

BRADENTON -- A line of storms that roared through the region shortly after midnight dumped 1.61 inches of rain on Sunday, a new record for an April 22 in Manatee County, according to the National Weather Service in Ruskin.

But some residents said when they woke up Sunday there were no indicators, other than everything being very green, that there had been an all-time historic rainfall, eclipsing the .72 of an inch in 1992.

“That water got drank all up,” said Bradenton’s Ward 3 Councilman Patrick Roff, who lives on Virginia Drive, right on flood-prone Wares Creek. “I saw no signs of record-breaking rain. The ground was so parched it absorbed it all. Everything was green. It hit our sandy soil and was gone.”

Wares Creek, which is also being dredged right now, was running high, but there was no flooding, Roff said.

Although the National Weather Service’s official rain measure is made at the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, there were heavier amounts recorded north of there, said Brian McClure, a meteorologist with Bay News 9.

For Saturday and Sunday, Bradenton got 2.7 inches of rain with 2.87 falling in Palmetto and 2.07 recorded in Ellenton, McClure said.

For more, see Monday's Herald.