Dallas area hit by 1-in-1,000-year flood; cars float in water-filled roads

Flash floods struck the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight into Monday, with flooded roads requiring rescue efforts as abandoned cars floating down inundated streets.

In some areas, the rainfall totals would be considered a 1-in-1,000-year flood.

Rain continues to fall in and around Dallas; some rainfall gauges in the area have recorded more than 10 inches thus far.

A record-breaking 3.01 inches of rain was also recorded in one hour at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

The National Weather Service in Fort Worth warned of continued risk for “life-threatening flash flooding,”

Central time. According to the warning, at least 10 inches of rain have fallen, with 2 to 4 inches still to come.

The risk of damage from the floods is “considerable,” it said, warning residents not to drive on flooded roads and to move immediately to higher ground.

The downpour marked the latest such flood that has occurred over the past few weeks across the United States.

In one week alone, three 1-in-1,000-year rain events occurred — inundating St. Louiseastern Kentucky and southeastern Illinois.

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