GRAPEVINE (CBSDFW.COM) – A major road in Grapevine could be shut down for longer than expected. FM 2499 has been closed for several days, causing massive traffic headaches near the Grapevine Mills Mall, in Flower Mound and back up into Highland Village.
Officials in Grapevine have put up even more signs warning drivers about the closure, because it looks like the delays are going to continue.
Northbound FM 2499 was closed between Grapevine and Flower Mound late Thursday night. The southbound lanes of the road were closed earlier that same day.
Officials in Grapevine first said that the roadway might be shut down for three or four days. But a new tweet said that it could be even longer. The road is now simply closed until further notice. City officials said that it could be weeks before the roadway is opened again.
The closure comes after Tropical Depression Bill dumped rain on DFW last week. Grapevine Lake flooded into Denton Creek, and then onto the road. The lake crested over the weekend, but it will still take at least another day for the water level to start dropping.
At its lowest point, FM 2499 is covered by about four inches of water.
Traffic is the biggest problem resulting from the flooding. Delays added at least 30 minutes to commute times when the road was shut down during Friday morning’s commute, and it was even worse on Monday morning. Backups extend to Highway 121 and other surrounding streets.
The barricades did not stop one driver from going straight into the flooding. Ann Anteloppe Lopez survived after being rescued from high water by police, but the 50-year-old driver was then arrested. The city said that these barricades are in place to prevent any injuries or loss of life.
The flooding has also impacted some businesses, including a Jack in the Box restaurant near FM 2499 that was closed on Monday due to high water on the road.
Grapevine officials are working with the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Department of Transportation to get a better idea of when the roadway might open back up to drivers.