Record rainfall causes major flooding, kills at least 1 in DFW

A line of thunderstorms stalled while passing over North Texas overnight, dropping as much as 7 inches of rain in some areas. Streets flooded, vehicles became trapped and water seeped into homes.

One person in Mesquite was killed after vehicles were swept off La Prada Drive, west of the LBJ Freeway. Police said rescuers were trying to help people in two other vehicles when they got the call about a third. By the time they got to the submerged truck, it was too late.

In Dallas, fire crews found the body of a man at a flooded intersection off of Northwest Highway near I-35 and California Crossing.

His cause of death has not yet been determined and his name is not yet being released. The man was not believed to be in a car and may have been walking.      

Dallas Fire-Rescue said its crews responded to about 260 calls that include accidents and high-water rescues between midnight Thursday and early Friday morning.

Conditions were so bad in Johnson County that officials encouraged people to just stay home, saying it was not safe to drive in the rural areas of the county. Dozens of people were rescued in that county.

A police officer in Sachse had to be rescued by a helicopter after getting stuck while helping with the rescue of stranded driver. He was not hurt.

All of the usual trouble spots were problems and sandbags did not stop the rising water in many places.

Residents at the Fox Hollow Apartments in Grand Prairie had to be rescued after several feet of water rushed into their apartments. They said the pressure of the rushing water was so strong it broke some windows.

Flooding along Duck Creek in Garland washed some cars down the street. That area got about 6 or 7 inches of rain.

Loop 12 at Interstate 30 was impassable for hours. Drivers sat with nowhere to go because of the high water in front of them and gridlock behind them. Road crews finally moved a concrete barrier so that drivers could turn around.

Irving police said Friday afternoon the intersection would remain closed for a week due to the flooding.

Walnut Creek in Mansfield turned Rose Park into a small lake. Homes that don't normally back up to the creek had flooded backyards, and in some cases, the water was just feet from their homes.

Officials in Midlothian said water is again coming over the Padera Lake, or Texas Lake, dam. However, engineers still believe it to hold.

The Army Corp of Engineers opened the flood gates on Joe Pool Lake. It's the first time the spillway has ever been activated.

Thousands of people woke up without power - about 9,000 in Dallas County and nearly 1,800 in Tarrant County. Oncor crews were also working to restore power to more than 1,500 in Collin County.

Rio Vista ISD decided to close schools for the day because of the flooding. Cleburne ISD also delayed the start of school for two hours and the AT&T Byron Nelson golf tournament was delayed three hours so things could dry out.

Weatherford city officials announced that the Weatherford Parker County Animal Shelter is offering to temporarily house pets of evacuated Horseshoe Bend residents.

This month's storms set a new record of 16.07 inches. That's nearly three times the average and there are still two days left in the month.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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