What to know
- According to some estimates, more than 10 inches of rain has fallen in the East Dallas area. There are several road closures due to high water. Drivers are encouraged not to drive on Monday and to be extremely careful on roads.
- Due to the abundant rainfall, a Flood Watch will remain in effect in Dallas County until noon.
- A river flood warning is in effect in Dallas County. Monday at 12:45 pm the stage was 18.4 feet. The flood stage is 30 feet. The river is expected to rise above the flood stage later Monday and rise at 34.3 feet tonight and then fall.
Heavy rain led to flash flooding in Dallas early Monday morning, leaving some drivers stranded and others fleeing their cars as high tides swept them off the road.
A Flood Watch will remain in effect until noon Monday, as flooding can occur in urban and poorly drained areas.
Heavy rainfall can also lead to flooding of creeks, streams and rivers. Excessive runoff can lead to flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.
Dallas police tried to rescue stranded drivers after several vehicles were partially flooded at Cesar Chavez and Interstate 45 in Dallas.
A man was seen sitting on the roof of his car until first responders could get him to safety. Another driver of a pickup truck that was almost completely submerged was also rescued, the water was up to their shoulders when they got to safety.
Drivers were also rescued from Lemmon Avenue near Inwood, where several cars were drifting down the street.
Another hard-hit area was near Baylor Scott & White’s emergency room near Hall and Worth Streets. Several drivers had to leave their cars when they were swept away by fast-flowing water.
“How scared was I? Honey, I almost drowned in this car. I had to kick this door open to get out of this car,” one woman told NBC 5’s Larry Collins.
Another woman and her children had to get out of their car when the water started to fill her car and she said it was as high as her driver’s side window.
NBC 5 meteorologist Grant Johnston said many parts of Dallas have received more than 20 inches of rain in the past 24 hours and more torrential rains are expected.
On Twitter, Dallas police urged drivers to stay off the road as much as possible.