Rain Dampens Evening Plans For Drivers, Residents & Trick-Or-Treaters

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NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – After a morning of light to moderate showers, winds picked up and scattered showers came down across North Texas.

Wind gusts over 20 miles an hour battered flags and challenged those carrying umbrellas.

Officials in the City of Dallas are on alert and of course warning residents in flood prone areas to be on the lookout for rising water. Drivers should abide by the standard rule “Turn Around, Don’t Drown”.

Farther to the south in Navarro County, crews spent the day closing or keeping closed roads that flooded just last week.

The County emergency management coordinator says last weekend’s rain dropped more than 20 inches in areas both east and west of the city of Corsicana. As a precaution, there are six members of the swift water team on standby today.

Members of the U.S. Armed Forces and manpower from the Texas department of Public Safety are ready to deploy if rising water becomes dangerous. Friday evening they were keeping a close eye on many of the 250 segments of road that were closed last weekend.

“We are taking precautions in case those amounts are higher than what are currently predicted,” explained Navarro County Emergency Management Coordinator Eric Meyers. “So, we have assets on the ground, both from local and state agencies, preparing for basically the worst-case scenario if we see additional road flooding, home flooding, anything of that nature.”

Residents in Corsicana say they and their homes can’t take much more. Resident Didi Waites said she is praying that the storm passes without more rain and destruction.

“Where did the first 20-something inches go? Ya know, you have to think about that. It didn’t go far and it’s not gone. So, naturally if you’re putting water on top of water… when I wake up in the morning will I be reliving what I lived last Saturday morning?”

In Collin County, rain sent some early trick-or-treaters looking for shelter. The rain meant the annual McKinney Scare On The Square event had to make some last minute changes.

The original plan was to shut down traffic and set up tents along streets surrounding the square, so that vendors could hand out candy. But organizers decided Friday it wouldn’t be safe to have children out when heavy rains are expected in the area.

Later, the decision was made to move the popular costume contest indoors. The McKinney Performing Arts Center in the historic courthouse opened its theater to keep trick-or-treaters dry.

Rainfall in McKinney was light for most of the day, but a few strong bursts and the expectation of more to come prompted organizers to move trick-or-treating inside as well.

Many parents welcomed the move. Kids took advantage of clear skies when they could. Some stores continued to offer candy to trick-or-treaters, but parents led kids inside for more candy where normal outside vendors had set up shop.

Speaking about her daughter mom Mary Bowie said, “I think it will be safer for her, so she won’t get sick. The kids won’t get sick. 31 That’s what we’re really worried about right now.”

Michelle Williford explained that neither rain nor heat nor gloom of night… okay not really. But she did say, “We come every year. It’s never rained before, and so we just have to keep coming because that’s what you do. We got to get some candy!”

The rain maybe causing some people to go home earlier than usual, but it definitely hasn’t kept them away completely.

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