By Robbie Owens

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas street and flood control crews are now working around the clock as North Texas braces for Tropical Storm Bill. The city’s Emergency Operations Center is expected to be brought online first thing Wednesday morning—or sooner if conditions warrant. Still, city leaders say they’re more concerned about what happens after the storm passes—and levels start to rise even more on those already full upstream lakes.

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It’s a time when it is more than a little unsettling to have the Trinity River as a neighbor.

“A little nervous,” admits Mike Babb at Babb Bros. BBQ in the popular Trinity Groves entertainment district, just west of the Hunt Hill Bridge. “I figured it had to shut off at some point.”

But, now the rain is headed back. Babb says he won’t complain: the surging river has delivered some good news, too.
“People!, he recalls with barely controlled enthusiasm. “They saw all of the coverage with the bridge, they come over on a Saturday… check it out, park over here, and `hey we need to get some food, too’, so they found us!”

Meanwhile, other North Texans are finding flood prone areas that they didn’t know existed.

“All the cars were u-turning,” recalls Kathryn Rhoades, “I thought it was a bad wreck.”

Rhoades was stuck for hours on Loop 12 in West Dallas last month when the freeway turned into a concrete pond. She says at first, friends and family didn’t believe her—then they saw the pictures that began flooding social media.

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“And I was like, now you believe me!”

Rhoades lives nearby—but, says she will plan to avoid the area if we get the heavy rainfall that’s expected over the next couple of days.

Omar Marrufo just wants to avoid the other drivers!

“A little bit of water, people start to slip and slide, it’s crazy!” says Marrufo. “But, you’ve got to go– you can’t just stop because it’s raining… got things to do, got to keep going.” And then he adds with a chuckle and a nod to Loop 12 —“unless it’s flooded, then you can just sit there and wait.”

Or just keep working, and hope it doesn’t.

“If it gets any closer, we may have a problem,” says Babb with a laugh. “But, I’m good right now as long as it [ Trinity River ] stays on the other side of the street!”

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