Precautions taken by the town of Ringling in previous years paid off during last weekend’s deluge.  
Ringling Mayor Terrie Blackwell said schools closed and buses ran at 1 p.m. on Friday as a precaution, but no buildings flooded. The elementary school, which is at a particularly low point, was protected from water with sandbags.
“All other buildings held up on campus,” Blackwell said. “We’ve got good drainage around it.”
She said following severe flooding in 2011, the town worked with FEMA to assist people whose homes had flooded and install drains, tin horns and ditches around town to prevent it from happening again.
“We went though a long process of getting the town zoned so our citizens can get flood insurance,” Blackwell said.
“I think we had more rain this time, but we didn’t have everything built up then,” Blackwell said. “It caught us off guard back then.”
She said Ringling’s Main Street serves as a high point, and rainwater generally runs off to the north or south of it.
“When there’s extensive rain like that, there’s really nowhere else for it to go,” Blackwell said.
Water superintendent Larry Thompson said rainwater infiltrated and threatened to overwhelmed the town’s sewer lines when the automatic water pumps failed. Town employees had to work manually to keep the water pumps running from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday.
“There’s some old lines in town here we’re slowly but surely replacing,” Blackwell said.