Heavy Rainfall Drenches Texas

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Most Texans agree that rain is needed, but for some folks, the rain has turned their work week soggy and some of the associated flooding has brought its fair share of problems.

Heavy rains are blamed for the collapse of a shopping strip roof in the Dallas suburb of Garland. Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the Monday night collapse.

In the Wichita Falls area, heavy rain has also flooded some major roads, including parts of Interstate 44 near Burkburnett.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the state torrential downpours have brought about disastrous flooding in Starr County in the Rio Grande Valley. A spokesman for the Starr County Sheriff's Department says about 250 people had to be evacuated to a shelter in Roma, where an
estimated 38 people were already seeking refuge, after 13 inches of rain fell Monday night.

In North Texas, from water logged commuters, to smashed up cars, the rain caused lots of headaches. Throughout most of Tuesday morning, drivers have been dealing with the slick conditions and along Loop 12 in Dallas, the rain was a factor in an accident involving a University of North Texas patrol officer. Witnesses say a female officer saw a car hydroplane in front her and when she stopped to help was struck from behind by a pickup truck. The officer was transported to Methodist Central Hospital with minor injuries. No one else in that accident was seriously injured.

Another accident just south of Texas Stadium in Irving, shut down the northbound service road of Loop 12 near Highway 183. The accident occurred when a car and 18 wheeler somehow collided. Two people inside the car were taken to a local hospital by ambulance.

In Fort Worth, a jackknifed tractor-trailer stalled traffic on a ramp leading from eastbound North Loop 820 to northbound Interstate-35W. The only vehicle involved in the crash was the tractor-trailer, which reportedly hit a guardrail.

In Limestone County, by late Tuesday morning, at least eight homes were partially flooded and others threatened by rising water.

Authorities say the homes were flooded not only because of heavy rainfall, but a blocked culvert was allowing water to flow freely and the excessive run-off was allowed to drain.

To help flooded residents, the Kossee Volunteer Fire Department is using pumps to drain the water and once the water level decreases, clean up crews can begin clearing the blockage.

Kosse’s community center was opened to displaced residents and officials said lunch will be served Tuesday.