DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The steady rain is causing problems across the metroplex, including at Dallas Love Field Airport.
Parts of the bottom level of Parking Garage A – the one closest to the terminal – have completely flooded. Well before sunrise officials were estimating that more than 30 parked cars were completely underwater.
A CBS 11 News crew shot video that showed some vehicles completely submerged. The water pressure was so intense that the trunk on one car appeared to have popped open.
Dallas Love Field spokesman Chris Perry said the flooding was caused by a drainage issue off-site. “We implore customers, if you have had water damage, please file a claim with your insurance company and also file an incident report with the City of Dallas Office of Risk Management,” he urged.
The water in the garage continues to rise, with several inches of standing water on some of the upper levels as well.
Perry did say there was plenty of parking at Garage C, which is a newer structure and “built more to withstand something like this.”
Meanwhile, City and airport workers went to work. “City of Dallas Storm Water and then our teams are working… got a pump crew out here to get this water out of here.”
An environmental team has been called to access any chemical or gasoline pollution sine many gas tanks are underwater and leaking.
Attorney Meloney Perry (no relation) told CBS 11 comprehensive auto insurance covers flood damage.
Insurance companies will go after anyone it considers at fault, including the city, and pay refund deductibles if they win in court.
She said it’s unlikely Dallas would have to pay out for the damage to cars because of the immunity cities have.