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NAVARRO COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – A chance of rain in the forecast is bad news for parts of North Texas – especially where parts of a major interstate have been washed away by floodwaters.
Construction crews are working to get floated concrete barriers back in place, after high water washed them away. All of the high water flowing over Interstate-45 in Navarro County is from the Richland-Chambers Reservoir at Pin Oak Creek.
Flooded areas, on and off the roadway, have left large areas with standing pools of water, mud, and debris. Traffic in Navarro County is backed up for miles as vehicles are being diverted to nearby overpasses to turning around.
Unfortunately, patience wasn’t a virtue for some who thought that drive across the flooded roadways. In addition to construction and repairs crews, high water rescue teams had to go to the aid of several people.
While an Areal Flood Warning has been issued for Navarro County until 4:00 p.m., progress is being made ahead of potential wet weather. After closing I-45, in both directions, between Anus and Streetman, workers with the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management announced that the northbound lanes were reopened around 10:30 a.m.
High water in the reservoir is coming from two nearby lakes — Lake Halbert and Magnolia Lake and both are overflowing.
The I-45 backup is about 12 miles south of Corsicana and 65 miles south of Dallas. Click here to check on traffic conditions and backups in the area and across North Texas.
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