Dallas: North Texas is hit hard by flooding, resulting in road shutdown and water rescues and Damages
Overnight storms have caused deep pooling and plenty of morning and afternoon commute difficulties on highways throughout the North Texas region, and a Flood Watch continues in force for Dallas and Tarrant counties until 8 p.m. on Monday.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has declared a state of disaster in the county due to the destruction, allowing him to apply for federal and state aid for the county’s citizens. Jenkins has provided a link (damage.tdem.texas.gov) or a QR code (below) for residents to use to report damage.
Several rainfall records have been broken at DFW Airport as a result of the storms, with about nine inches falling in 24 hours, according to the National Weather Service in Fort Worth. Balch Springs, Texas, which is located east of Dallas, saw more than 10 inches of rain in a short period of time.
Across the DFW area, drivers have been leaving their vehicles stranded on the sides of roadways after attempting to navigate through flooded sections.
Arrowdell Road at Hickory Creek reportedly flooded and electricity was knocked out in Balch Springs as a result of the storm. Balch Springs Recreation Center was made available by the city as a temporary refuge.
Some Balch Springs locals were saved from their houses.
Dallas ISD has warned that traffic in the city may cause some bus departures to be late.
The district suggests that parents call 972-925-4BUS if they have any issues concerning DISD transportation.
The Dallas Police Department has reported that it is now responding to multiple reports of high water throughout the city.
Dallas PD warned its citizens to “Be prepared to find alternate routes today,” via Twitter.
Crews from Dallas Fire-Rescue have responded to around 200 high water occurrences since Sunday night.
Dallas Fire-Rescue reports that they responded to almost 300 accidents and 195 calls involving high water, two calls involving water in the building, and 94 calls requiring water rescue.
The resident of a Dallas apartment building near fair park awoke to find her building flooded.
Additionally, the Dallas Firefighters Museum was severely harmed. Floodwaters of nearly 18 inches puddled within.
Oncor said that as many as 8,300 customers in Dallas County were without electricity on Monday. By 5:30 o’clock, the figure had reduced to four thousand.
In Dallas, at least 22 police vehicles were damaged or destroyed on Monday due to the storms.
Eight individuals, including infants and the elderly, were rescued from high water at a mobile home park in Seagoville thanks to the efforts of emergency responders.