(CBSDFW.COM) – Saturday afternoon plans were put on hold in North Texas as severe storms with heavy rain and flash floods drenched areas throughout the Metroplex.
Tornado warnings, which have since been expired, were issued later in the afternoon for Ellis, Navarro, Kaufman and Van Zandt counties. There has been no confirmation of a tornado in these counties.
Concerns for the round of storms included flash flooding as areas saw ponding on roads and creeks and ponds overflowing in some cities. Flash flood warnings were in effect for Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties through the afternoon.
A tornado watch was also in effect for much of North Texas, but it has since expired.
Severe thunderstorms warnings were also seen throughout DFW as the storms moved east of the Metroplex.
The downpours created ponding along I-20 in southwest Fort Worth, which led drivers to avoid the highway and take side streets.
“I couldn’t see the road. My car is tiny and I had to look over because the rain was coming down so hard. We were screaming at each other on the phone because it was so scary. I’ve never experienced it before,” resident Makayla Jones said.
In far north Fort Worth, the fire department rescued seven people from two vehicles that drove into high water. It appeared that Big Fossil Creek overflowed its banks, which caused the flooding. There were no injuries reported during the rescue.
High water rescues were also reported throughout North Texas in cities that included Arlington, Irving and Dallas.
Rushing water could be seen at Duck Creek in Richardson with debris such as trees being seen moving through the water. The creek also appeared to be above normal water levels.
Video at a pond near Roanoke Road and Highway 170, north of Keller, shows water appearing to overflow the bank and into a nearby road, causing some flooding. Drivers could also be seen turning away from flooded road.
High water could also be seen on roads on the west side of Mansfield near Rendon.