A FLASH FLOOD WATCH is in effect for Milam, Robertson, Leon Counties until 9pm Monday, for Austin, Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Houston, Madison, Montgomery,San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller, and Washington Counties until 7pm Monday, and for Lee county until 1am Tuesday. Widespread 2" to 4" rain accumulations are possible through Monday, with localized 8" to 11" possible.
GAINESVILLE (AP) - Two people have died after heavy rain unleashed devastating flash floods in parts of North Texas today, including Sherman and Gainesville.
The National Weather Service estimates at least eight inches of rain fell in some spots early Monday.
In other areas:
-- In Haltom City, near Fort Worth, four-year-old Alexandria Collins died after she was swept away -- from her mother's arms -- by floodwaters. The child's body was later recovered.
-- In Sherman, about 60 miles north of Dallas, police say a woman died after her car stalled in rising waters and was swept away.
About 125 residents of a Sherman nursing home were being evacuated.
Some people were being rescued from an office building where the roof started caving in.
-- In Gainesville, about 60 miles northwest of Dallas, most of the city - including downtown - was deluged with floodwaters. The water was receding by afternoon.
Some rooftop rescues happened in Gainesville, while emergency personnel and volunteers also manned boats and even personal watercraft.
-- Authorities closed Interstate 35 from Gainesville to Oklahoma for several hours because of flooding, but that roadway has reopened.
-- Atmos Energy crews were going door to door to disconnect natural gas meters, as a precaution, in some flooded areas.
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