October 1, 2022

Jenkins declares state of disaster as heavy rain and flash flooding hit D-FW

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a state of disaster Monday as thunderstorms lashed Dallas-Fort Worth, as the storm system flooded homes and submerged cars with heavy rain.

When disasters are declared, it opens up manpower for rapid response, and the declaration also opens up federal financial assistance. Affected homeowners can report damages Texas Division of Emergency Management websiteJenkins said.

Emergency crews across the region responded to hundreds of water-related emergencies by midday, though no immediate deaths were reported. But flooding still wreaked havoc on Monday morning commutes, including for thousands of students who recently started school across North Texas.

Some parts of Dallas are forecast to get up to 8 inches of rain. Some areas received more rain than expected. According to the Dallas Water Utility, a reading near south Dallas and Pleasant Grove captured 14 inches of rainfall in the past 24 hours. More than 10 inches of rain was reported in neighborhoods near downtown.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for the Dallas area until 4 p.m. Monday. A previous flash flood warning for Dallas County expired at 1 p.m., while a flood watch remained in effect for parts of North Texas until 8 p.m.

At least 1 death due to flooding; DAMAGES, INJURIES AND FAILURES

At least one person was killed in flood waters this morning, according to the Mesquite Fire Department. A woman’s body was pulled from the Sine Road bridge on the Interstate 635 service road in Mesquite, according to the fire department.

Fire officials said the woman’s car may have been swept off the road. His identity has not been released and the incident is under investigation, officials said.

At least four people have been taken to hospitals due to weather-related incidents, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue. The city transport department said 50 traffic signals were without power or were not working properly.

As of 3:55 PM, Oncor reported 638 outages Heavy rain, lightning and wind from the thunderstorms affected more than 21,300 customers, Oncor spokeswoman Connie Pilotto said.

“These weather impacts can lead to vehicle crashes and trees or debris coming into contact with our power lines or equipment,” Pilotto said in an email.

Flooding could cause delays in restoration times for those experiencing outages, Pilotto said. It is not known when the power will be restored.

About 20 roads and bridges, including the Sylvan Avenue Bridge over the Trinity River, were closed due to high water as of 11:30 a.m., said Rocky Vass, director of Dallas’ Office of Emergency Management. Police are stationed around at least 22 affected locations, awaiting barricades from public works crews, Vaz said.

“I think we’ve seen the worst at this point,” Vaz said. “We are not expecting much rain in the coming days. Hopefully everything clears out before the end of the day and we’ll see what happens with the next couple of rounds of rain.

Since 6 p.m. Sunday, Dallas police have responded to approximately 470 traffic and water-related calls, including 147 calls reporting flooding. More than 100 calls related to highway accidents were received.

A police officer suffered a life-threatening leg injury during a high-water call at Botham Jean Boulevard and Herald Street in south Dallas, Dallas police spokeswoman Christine Loman said.

He said more than 20 squad cars were damaged by the flood and “Police are working with the city garage to get others back into service to replace those losses in the short term.”

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to 334 weather-related emergency calls between 6 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. Monday, including 84 calls to rescue people trapped in water. Eight Dallas fire rescue vehicles were damaged by the flooding, and some used boats to get to stranded drivers.

“If you’re on a trail and you see water rising, look back,” Dallas Fire Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said.

‘It’s like a swimming pool’

Areas around the Trinity River will remain under a flood warning until Tuesday morning, the weather service said. Monday morning, The river reached 18 feet in Dallas, a quick rise from Sunday’s 12 feet. The river is forecast to crest at 34.3 feet by Monday evening, with minor flooding above the 30-foot flood stage.

Deep Ellum flooded Chestnut Street At least eight cars were submerged. Nearby, there were several lanes of Interstate 30 Closed due to high water level, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Several abandoned cars were found in tire-deep water near Sign Road and Interstate 635 in Mesquite.

Rawlins Gilliland woke up early Monday morning to an unusual noise in her southeast Dallas home. Her new puppy, a chihuahua-terrier mix, was splashing in the water.

Distraught, Gilliland, a retired poet and writer, enters his office to find it partially underwater.

“It’s like a swimming pool,” Gilliland said. He spent the day drinking water.

He added: “This summer has been terrible. It’s been an average summer. Now this.”

Karen Cox watched nervously as flood waters rushed around her townhouse near the busy West 7th Avenue in Fort Worth. Outside her front door, water lapped the front steps. Cars once parked on the street, including her daughter’s, floated away.

“We had cars on the sidewalk and cars were floating,” Cox said. “All the cars created a little awareness.”

The Fort Worth Police Department said they handled more than 50 water-related emergency calls between 8 p.m. Sunday and 5 a.m. Monday. There were no injuries or loss of life on any of the calls, the police department said Monday morning.

Delays and Closures

Heavy rains also caused delays at local airports. Hundreds of incoming and outgoing flights Thunderstorms at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field were delayed or canceled.

The Dallas Zoo was closed Monday afternoon. In a tweetThe zoo said all its animals were safe but some walkways were flooded.

Most classes are in North Texas schools, although there are some delays on bus routes Proceeded as planned. Officials with Dallas ISD warned parents that some buses may be late picking up students; Mesquite ISD grounded all buses and will not resume routes until “road conditions improve.”

Rain will continue throughout the week

According to meteorologists, the rains will not end anytime soon. Rain is expected throughout the week in Dallas, but the chances of rain will decrease as the days go on. To complicate matters further, a “major comms outage” disrupted the local National Weather Service office’s ability to disseminate data.

“The good news is that NWS meteorologists receive all the radar data to make warning decisions,” the weather service said said in a tweet. “We can communicate and send all warnings and product information through our back-up offices.”

Here’s Dallas’ forecast for the rest of the week:

Monday: Showers and thunderstorms, with the potential to produce some heavy rain, with three-quarters to one inch of rain possible before 4 p.m. High temperature 82; At least 72.

Tuesday: Chance of rain, with a 50% chance of thunderstorms after 10am. High temperature 85; At least 72.

Wednesday: A chance of light rain before 10 AM, then a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms between 10 AM and 1 PM. High temperature 87; At least 72.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. High temperature 89; At least 73.

Friday: Chance of showers after 1 pm High temperature 92; At least 74.

Staff writers Kelly Smith and Isabella Volmert contributed to this report.