Parker County flooding
DALLAS - Some areas couldn’t handle all of Sunday’s rain and with more storms on the way, a flood warning has been issued for North Texas.
It only took a few hours of heavy rain for the intersection of Interstate 35 at Illinois Avenue in Oak Cliff to flood. It’s an area that usually floods. But the water should recede once the rain slows and the city can clear a storm drain.
Dozens of people who live near the Brazos River in Parker County had to be rescued from their homes due to the rising water. Water being released from Possum Kingdom Lake is causing the river to rise. The river crested at 26 feet.
The homes in danger are in the Horseshoe Bend and Soda Springs communities, south of Weatherford. Some homes in the area are on stilts, so the evacuations are voluntary. Still, flooded roads could leave people stranded.
“I didn’t anticipate it getting this high. I moved it out yesterday and parked it here and then over the night it came up real high,” said Tom Garvey, who was trying to move his flooded trailer and car Monday morning.
Several agencies have set up a command post at the fire station in Weatherford just in case there is an emergency. The American Red Cross has also set up a shelter at Weatherford High School’s Ninth Grade Center for those who have decided to leave their homes.
In Johnson County, the heavy rainfall caused flooding on roads. On Old Foamy Road the water was more than a foot deep. The county’s emergency management department has been posting road closures updates online.
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A sinkhole opened up in Mineral Wells likely because of all the rain. A fast-moving stream can now be seen underneath the cracked Oaks Crossing Road in the southern part of the city. That part of the road has been blocked off until crews can make repairs.
Meanwhile, residents in Wylie in Collin County are hoping their tarps will keep rain from causing even more damage to their homes. The area was hit hard last week by softball-sized hail. Many homeowners have holes in their roofs and broken windows and skylights.
Over the weekend some roofers were able to put better temporary fixes on homes to prevent more water damage. Owners will still have to watch their homes this wet week.
“If there’s heavy winds coming up maybe step out and make sure the tarp is secured down, maybe peak up into the attic and maybe catch a leak before its filling up their sheet rock,” said Brad Black with High Performance Restoration.
Across the state in Houston residents are waking up to major flooding. Up to 8 inches of rain fell in some parts of the city and there were reports of several high-water rescues in the early morning hours. Several Fort Worth rescue teams are headed to Houston with boats to help with the desperate conditions there.
The first round of rain will exit to the east early Monday morning and give people a break for a few hours. But more storms later in the day could produce heavy rain and flooding. These storms are not expected to be severe.
The rain continues Tuesday. The coverage will be lower, but then a much stronger disturbance will trigger more widespread rain and some severe storms on Wednesday.
The wet weather should move out by Thursday for a nicer weekend with temperatures in the 70s and 80s.