Texas: Floods turn streets into rivers and strand cars in Dallas

Cars and pedestrians were stranded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area when a rainstorm dumped over 9 inches of water on the area

Cars and pedestrians were stranded in the Dallas-Fort Worth area when a rainstorm dumped over 9 inches of water on the region (Image: AP)

Heavy rains flooded much of North Texas, flooding freeways and stranding some drivers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The National Weather Service (NWS) recorded over 9 inches of rain from Sunday night through Monday noon.

“It fell very, very quickly,” said NWS meteorologist Daniel Huckaby. “We’ve had a few places in Dallas where it rained more than three inches even in an hour.”

According to Huckaby, Dallas-Fort Worth was “ground zero” for the evening flash floods.

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A car parks on the rail overlooking the flooded South Mesquite River Monday, August 22, 2022 in Mesquite, Texas. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood warning early Monday morning, which was extended to 1 p.m. (Juan Figueroa/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

A car sits on the rail overlooking the flooded South Mesquite River (Image: AP)

At 1 p.m. CT, the NWS reported a high of 15.16 inches of rain in east Dallas.

But the rain isn’t expected to let up anytime soon for the Texans. The NWS announced a flash flood watch would remain in effect Monday and reported some parts of central and north Texas could see an additional 2 to 5 inches that night.

Prior to Sunday night’s storm, most of Texas had been experiencing months of drought conditions.

According to that The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, North Texas, drought monitor had a deficit of 8 to 12 inches of rainfall. Most of that deficit was made up after Sunday night’s torrential downpour.

Balch Springs Fire Department members boat a family of four to higher ground after rescuing them from their home along Forest Glen Lane in Balch Springs, Texas (Image: AP)
Stationary cars stand abandoned on the flooded Interstate 635 service road Monday in Mesquite, Texas (Image: AP)

The Texas drought may have inadvertently spared the area from higher flooding.

“We had drought conditions, so the soil soaked up a lot of that,” Huckaby said.

The rains on Sunday and Monday left the second largest total precipitation has ever hit Dallas-Fort Worth, making it the region’s second wettest 24-hour period on record. The highest was the record set in 1932, according to the NWS.

Flash floods inundated parts of the American Southwest, including Las Vegas casinos.

Elsewhere in the country, floods have proven even deadlier and more destructive. Eastern Kentucky is still in the process of rebuilding after a devastating flood killed 41 in late July and early August.

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Justin Scacco

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