Rain Shuts Down Highways, Causes Flooding Across North Texas
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Storms dumped nearly a foot of rain in parts of North Texas and delayed air and highway travel Thursday.
The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Friday afternoon for the Dallas-Fort Worth area and points north, including Denton, Gainesville, Sherman and Denison.
Sanger and its surrounding areas took one of the hardest hits. As of Thursday morning, the nearby Clear Creek was nearing 26 feet, up from about 5.5 feet from Wednesday. The creek is considered at flood stage at 25 feet.
“They need to stay home. Stay home, it’s really bad,” said Sanger resident Jody Richardson.
Thursday morning, about a dozen TxDot workers shut down the southbound I-35 service road, just before View lane. Workers also cleared some of the paved road that crumbled into pieces after that area flooded. Just west of I-35, on Duck Creek Road, near Rising Star Lane, rising waters stalled a car on a roadway.
Farther north, stalled cars and high water rescues were also common for drivers trying to make their way through Valley View in Cooke County.
At one point, there was about three inches of rain on the highway, forcing the closure of Interstate 35 Southbound for hours and backing up traffic for miles. Up to six inches of rain collected on some of the frontage roads.
Valley View’s Police Chief Greg Adcock says about 30 people had to be rescued from the high water. Several people were taken to the hospital, but no one was seriously injured.
Ladye Hobson, who’s four months pregnant, was traveling to the airport from Oklahoma when the waters took control of her car.
“I was watching the truck in front of me, watching their tires. We went from a puddle…to like…it just swept my car away basically,” she said.
“They were hollering for help the water was running so you could feel it pushing against you,” said Adcock.
Parts of Interstate 35 in Denton and Cooke counties were closed for several hours during heavy rain but had reopened by 8 a.m. Thursday, said Michelle Releford, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Transportation in Mesquite. However, closures continued throughout the morning.
Shutting down access to NB I-35E at Royal in Dallas due to High water http://t.co/4pH4rwLp45—
Bud Gillett (@Bud_Gillett) July 17, 2014
David Magana, a spokesman for Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, said about 200 flights were canceled and others delays because of thunderstorms, lightning and light rain, but flight operations had returned to normal by midmorning Thursday.
Electric provider Oncor reported about 3,000 homes and businesses, mainly in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, lost power Thursday.
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