Heavy rain causes flooding, grounded flights in parts of North Texas

The latest round of rain on Tuesday triggered more flash flooding as North Texas anticipates the arrival of chillier temperatures.

The heavy caused some flooding and damage in North Texas, especially in Tarrant County.

In Arlington, high water covered the roadway along West Division Street near Rush Creek. Arlington police shared video of the swollen creek, as well as photos of barricaded roads such as Davis Drive between Tucker Boulevard and Mockingbird Lane.

Neighborhoods along Rush Creek are on edge once again with flash flooding overtaking some streets. The water even got inside some homes and crept dangerously close to others.

As streets become impassable, motorists have heeded the warning to turn around and don’t drown. Many say they were just staying put in hopes that the water would recede soon.

“Continuing rain on saturated ground is making driving dangerous,” Arlington PD said on Twitter.

The department said between 9 and 10 a.m., officers responded to about a dozen calls from people stuck in high water in low-lying roadways. Police urged drivers to be careful and not try to go around barricades.

Firefighters shut down a portion of Randol Mill Road in Fort Worth because of high water near the Horton development. FOX 4 viewer Mark Singletary said his neighborhood has been flooding a lot lately.

In Grand Prairie, the weight of heavy rain caused the roof of the Schlotzky's on Highway 360 to cave in. Video from a FOX 4 photographer showed rain pouring into the restaurant.

The Grand Prairie storefront has had so much rain in the location last month and this past week that the roof gave way. All the employees got out safely. The owner says he told his insurance company about the problem a while ago because it was affecting the roof.

“We did have a little dip. I say from September, but they wanted to get a structural engineer to come on the 18th,” said franchise owner Julio Vancoit. “I already called them up this morning and said no need to come out. There is no structure.”

The sandwich shop owner says his employees gave him a call Tuesday morning to say the roof was leaking. Then within just a couple of minutes, they called him back to say the roof gave way.

The heavy rain also grounded all flights out of DFW Airport for a time on Tuesday. Incoming flights were also redirected.

Because of lightning Tuesday morning, the ramps were closed and ground crews were not allowed to load or unload bags from the aircraft. That caused problems that rippled through airports across the country.

As of 3 p.m., DFW Airport officials say 165 departures and 158 arrivals were canceled. Those numbers account for about 15% of all the flights in and out of DFW.

DFW says nearly 300 departures and roughly the same number of arrivals were delayed because of the thunderstorms.

“Well I was supposed to be home now,” said passenger Olivia Debost. “And my flights kept getting delayed and canceled. Just a very annoying day overall.”

“I got here about 1:30, and they moved me from C-4 and back to C-4,” said Nick Powell. “Hopefully, they'll be coming in soon.”

With more severe weather expected later Tuesday evening, the best thing you can do is check with your airlines before heading to the airport.

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