Remnants of Bill bring rain, strong winds to North Texas

Flooding remains a concern as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill bring steady rain and some strong wind to North Texas.

According to the FOX 4 Weather team, the center of the storm moved over the Metroplex around 10 a.m. Bands of rain have already dropped 2 to 3 inches and there have been reports of wind gusts of 30 to 40 miles per hour.

Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect for several counties.

Water started rising on some roadways. Ledbetter Drive at Interstate 35 is closed due to high water and some streets near the Trinity River are flooded.

There were numerous accidents during the morning rush hour because of vehicles hydroplaning. An 18-wheeler jackknifed on Loop 12 near Singleton Boulevard and a light pole fell on a car after it slid off Highway 360 near Trinity Boulevard.

Tarrant County got more rain than it needed Wednesday morning.

High water was reported at dozens of locations, while some roads were completely shut down.

Firefighters are prepared. The Fort Worth Fire Department moved divers and rescue engines to vulnerable parts of the city.

"Really fast-moving water, very deep water… these guys are gonna have that specialized equipment and training," said Lt. Kyle Faulkner

The threat of potential flooding has people living on Duck Creek in Garland nervous about what could happen next.

Many are still recovering from the last strong storms that damaged or destroyed about 20 homes.

The Trinity River remains inside its levees in Dallas and already flood control pumps are removing some remaining standing water from low lying areas and sending it to the river.

The city of Dallas said the Trinity can handle more rain over the next two days, but there is still concern upstream. The Army Corps of Engineers may need to release water from Lakes Grapevine and Lewisville.

"We'll be able to move a lot of water. The rain event is not as worrisome as what happens two days after the rain ends and how much water is coming from upstream in dams that are going to be released," said Rocky Vaz, director of Emergency Management.

Lake Worth is closed to all boating activities because boat wakes can cause flooding in some homes and some boat docks are under water.

In Arlington, people loaded up free sandbags from the city on Tuesday, taking them home to places where high water came in last month.

Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, Oncor reported that there were about 5,000 customers without power in Dallas and Tarrant counties. There were lots of delays at DFW Airport, but only a few cancellations for the day. Travelers were encouraged to check their flight status.

Bill hit the Texas Gulf coast Tuesday afternoon in Matagorda County, 90 miles southwest of Houston. Winds topped 60 miles an hour, but after hitting land dropped.

Much of the state is getting rain, some of it heavy. That could cause trouble in Houston, Austin and other areas that were also flooded in May.

The Memorial Day weekend storms brought widespread flooding to Oklahoma and Texas, killing more than 30 people overall. At one point last month, 11 inches of rain fell in some parts of the Houston area, resulting in flooding that damaged thousands of homes and other structures and forced motorists to abandon at least 2,500 vehicles across Houston.

Gov. Greg Abbott spoke Wednesday morning from the state's operations center. He talked about the impact of Bill and money that's been freed up to help with repairs from previous floods.

"FEMA has done an outstanding job, very quickly giving us, I think, everything requested," he said. "Now we just need to follow through and make sure this assistance gets to individuals as quickly as possible."

Rafael Lemaitre, spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said FEMA has paid nearly $38 million this year in Texas flood insurance claims, with the vast majority associated with last month's deluge.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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