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North Texas Under Flash Flood Watch Through Late Tonight

May 13, 2015

North Texas is soaked – and we’re getting more rain.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected across North Texas Wednesday. A flash flood watch is in effect for the region through late Wednesday night.

There is a low chance of tornadoes.

The ground remains saturated from heavy rains, the National Weather Service says. Any additional rain will create flooding concerns, the weather service says.

Some areas could get 3 inches of rain, the weather service says.

Areas to the west of Dallas-Fort Worth will see the most rain – 2 to 3 inches through Wednesday. Dallas-Fort Worth and counties to the north and south could get 1 to 2 inches. Areas to the east of Dallas-Fort Worth will see the least rain – at least a half-inch.

A flood warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Trinity River in Dallas
  • Elm Fork Trinity River near Carrollton in Dallas County
  • Denton Creek near Justin in Denton County
  • Chambers Creek near Rice in Navarro County
  • Trinity River at Trinidad, affecting Henderson and Navarro Counties
  • Trinity River near Long Lake, affecting Anderson, Freestone and Leon counties
  • Navasota River above Groesbeck, affecting Limestone County
  • Navasota River near Easterly, affecting Leon and Robertson Counties

National Service radar

Flooding to the south of Dallas-Fort Worth

There are reports of river and lake flooding across the region, particularly to the south of Dallas-Fort Worth. The weather service says there are reports of flooding along parts of the Trinity River in Henderson, Navarro and Anderson counties, as well as along parts of the Navasota River in Limestone, Freestone and Leon counties.

The Associated Press reports: Parts of Texas are being deluged by rain that's caused flooding and led to water rescues in the Houston area. More than 9 inches of rain has fallen in the Houston area in the last 24 hours. Houston fire spokesman Jay Evans said Wednesday that 20 people, most of them motorists, needed to be rescued from high water. He says some intersections have 5 feet of standing water, stranding vehicles in Houston and cities to the south.

No evacuations needed in Denton County -- for now

The Denton County Sheriff’s Office reports that officials went door-to-door in neighborhoods south of Lake Ray Roberts on Monday night to notify residents that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intended to open the lake’s flood control gates.

But as of Tuesday afternoon, there was no need to evacuate, the sheriff’s office says.

“Residents in the Greenbelt Corridor between Lake Ray Roberts and Lake Lewisville were notified of a potential for rising waters to block roads and that evacuations may be requested," according to a statement from the sheriff's office. "Residents have been provided information to ready themselves and their families for a possibility of evacuation from these areas.”

The Dallas Morning News reports:

Now the lakes are mostly full but the rain keeps coming.

And that requires a delicate balancing act from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is responsible for flood control on the lakes and the North Texas rivers that connect them.

The Corps opened floodgates at Lake Ray Roberts on Tuesday morning, but stopped short of opening them fully because more rain is expected, and the lakes downstream are already full.

Video: Watch a water-choked Trinity River in Dallas