Dallas area hit by flash flooding; videos show highway partially underwater


On the night of Monday to Monday, flash floods hit the Dallas area, triggering 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 warning in and around Dallas County to 8 a.m. Central Time about potentially “life-threatening flash flooding.” Up to 8 inches of rain had fallen in the badly affected area.

The risk of damage from the floods was “significant,” it said, warning residents not to drive on flooded roads.

Kathryn Prociv, en meteorologist at NBC Newssaid it was “another 1 in 1,000 flood,” and Jeff Lindner, a meteorologist for Harris County, Tex., said “incredible rainfall rates” were reported in parts of Dallas County, including 7.8 inches of water in three hours.

Parts of North Central and Northeast Texas Were Under Flood Surveillance – An Alert 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, and vehicles bellowing along the road.

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 “showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 4 p.m.”. There was a 100 percent chance of precipitation during the day, and it said new rainfall can reach 1 inch of water, while “some storms can bring 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.

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