Dallas area hit by flash floods; videos show highway partly underwater



Last night through Monday, flash floods hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area, prompting rescue efforts as roads flooded and abandoned cars drifted away in striking images shared on social media.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth extended its flash flood warning in and around Dallas County until 10 a.m. Central Time, warning of a lingering risk for: “life-threatening flash flooding.” The office said up to 8 inches of rain had fallen in the hard-hit area, and more rain would fall.

The risk of damage from the floods was “significant,” it said, warning residents not to drive on flooded roads and move to higher elevations immediately. Flash flood warnings have also been issued for Fort Worth and Canton, Texas.

Before today’s heavy rainfall, the Dallas-Fort Worth area was in the midst of a significant drought. According to the US Drought Monitor, all of Dallas County has experienced at least extreme drought for the past three months.

At one point, Dallas had dozens of days above 100 degrees and 67 days in a row with no rain, a streak that was finally broken on Aug. 9. Now, in a shocking turnaround, August is likely to be Dallas’ wettest since 1899, The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore noted on Twitter.

The extremely dry soil, along with the rapid rainfall, together led to widespread flooding. Droughts harden the topsoil, making it difficult for them to absorb heavy precipitation.

When floods hit the Dallas area, parts of North Central and Northeast Texas were under flood controles — a warning level that is under flood warnings — until noon Central Time Monday, including Dallas, Rockwall, and Delta counties. The NWS warned of “rainfall totals from 2 to 5 inches, with isolated amounts exceeding 8 inches.”

Local news outlets and reporters shared videos of a water rescue on a flooded highway in the Dallas area, with people swimming in murky floodwaters as their vehicles lie abandoned on the side of roads with their alarms blaring.

The NWS warned of the potential of “life-threatening flash flooding from creeks and streams, urban areas, highways, streets and underpasses” in the area subject to a flood watch, including major cities such as Plano and Fort Worth.

The agency had warned that floods was possible early this week when “heavy rain on dry ground” caused runoff.

Cities across Texas faced near-record high temperatures and drought last month, causing severe precipitation shortages. But the heavy rainfall across parts of the state until Monday may not bring enough relief, the NWS warned.

In Monday’s forecast, the NWS predicted additional “showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4 p.m..” the storms can cause heavy rain.”

The weather is expected to improve by the end of the week, the agency said, with the greatest chance of further thunderstorms on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Matthew Cappucci contributed to this report.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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