The worst of the rain is over for North Texas, but area lake levels may still go up as the water settles, and that could be bad news.
The Trinity River has risen five feet since Monday night; making it more than 35 feet high.
With all the rain, local, state and federal officials have been keeping a mindful eye on North Texas rivers and lakes.
Tropical Depression Bill started pounding North Texas with rain early Wednesday, and the City of Dallas was ready for it. There have been no flood-related issues reported yet.
The lake is less than six inches away from an emergency release. That means all of its flood gates would open.
With Tropical Storm Bill having moved ashore and set a course that will move up and through North Texas, officials in the City of Dallas are planning ahead.
Tropical Storm Bill is churning in the Gulf of Mexico, and is expected to reach shore on Tuesday around Matagorda with wind speeds reaching as high as 60 mph.
The record rains may have gone but floodwater still remains, especially along the Trinity River in Dallas County.
All of the rain and three overflowing area lakes caused the Trinity River to rise to levels not seen in years.
The rain is gone in North Texas, but flooding is still a concern on many area roads. The biggest worry is that drivers, feeling confident in the warm and sunny weather, will continue to get stuck in high water.
With the risk of localized flooding from the overflowing Trinity River, the City of Dallas has closed sections of more than 20 roads in area west of Stemmons Freeway (I-35 E), north of Northwest Highway and east of Luna Road and south of Royal Lane. This area will likely be blocked off to traffic through Monday morning’s commute.
Lake Lewisville passed its 100 year flood mark early Sunday. It now stands at a whopping 537 feet — and waters are flooding into Dallas.