The top local stories this morning from KERA News: A new flood watch has been issued for essentially the entire, already-rain soaked Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The National Weather Service expects additional waves of showers and thunderstorms Friday and into Saturday. The combination of moderate to heavy rainfall rates and near or completely saturated grounds will result in continued rapid runoff which will lead to flooding.
The rain's already caused problems across Dallas-Fort Worth.
More than a dozen homes in Rockwall were evacuated Thursday because of flooding.
Meanwhile, thousands of homes in Parker, Wise, Tarrant, Grayson and Collin counties lost power Thursday.
And heavy rainfall caused sanitary sewer overflows at several locations throughout Dallas. Dallas Water Utilities said none of the overflows of diluted wastewater have affected the city’s water supply.
Quite a bit of the region has received significant rainfall this week. Here's a quick view of 24-hr, 48-hr, and 72-hr totals. 5-7+ inches some areas. More locally heavy rain arrives later tonight and Saturday with localized flooding continuing. #dfwwx #Texoma #etxwx pic.twitter.com/iasy6rhzRW
— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) February 23, 2018
Other stories this morning:
- A week of bad news for the Dallas Mavericks. The team has one of the worst records in the NBA. Owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for saying: “Losing is our best option.” And Sports Illustrated this week published an investigative report that described a corrosive workplace culture for the women who worked in the team's front office. Jessica Luther co-wrote that piece – and she talked with KERA’s Rick Holter.
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