Sunday, March 19, 2006

Crazy flooding back in the 'hood

How bad is it? It shocked my in-laws in Vancouver! Now that's serious rain, people!

Storms unleash flooding, danger
[Annoying free registration req'd.]
One woman killed after being swept away in Dallas

11:01 PM CST on Sunday, March 19, 2006
By HOLLY HACKER and TONY HARTZEL / The Dallas Morning News
Thunderstorms pounded the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday, causing flash flooding in streets, streams and yards. At least one person died Sunday after being swept away in rushing waters.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth reported that about 7 inches of rain fell Sunday in Arlington, and more than 5 inches fell near downtown Dallas. A late-morning storm moved from Johnson County into Tarrant and Dallas counties, dumping rain at the rate of 1 to 2 inches per hour.

One woman died after being swept away in the swollen Turtle Creek near Wycliff Avenue. [A tony area. Rather shocking.]

. . . Dallas police officers and firefighters responded to hundreds of accidents and calls about high water. They evacuated homes in West Dallas because of rising waters, estimated at up to five feet high.

The rain is expected to stop mid-morning today, with the sun coming out this afternoon and warming things up into the low 70s.

The weekend rain put the Dallas-Fort Worth area above its normal rainfall levels. Prior to Sunday, the area had received almost 7 inches of rain in 2006, an inch above normal, said meteorologist Dan Dixon of the weather service.

On the plus side, it helped douse the wildfires further west and north.

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