NEW Fox News articles can now be heard on audio! Dallas, Texas, saw widespread and catastrophic flooding on Monday as a result of torrential rain, which resulted in at least one fatality.
A 60-year-old woman was the first casualty, according to tweets from Dallas County’s top elected official, Judge Clay Jenkins, whose car was washed away by floodwaters.
Jenkins noted that even less than an inch of water on roads can result in the loss of control of a car. “Based on preliminary damage estimates, I am declaring a state of emergency in Dallas County and asking state and federal help for affected residents,” Jenkins wrote.
The Dallas Fire Department reports that on Sunday and Monday, rescuers pulled 21 humans and 10 dogs from swiftly rising floods brought on by overnight rains.
WEATHER REPORTERS FOR FOX SAVES WOMAN FROM FLASH FLODING IN DALLAS AS HEAVY RAIN SUBMERGES CARS
In the city of northern Texas, the department said on Monday that it had attended to 195 “High Water Incidents.”
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson shared images of public works trucks immobilized in floodwaters on Botham Jean Boulevard in a late-night tweet on Monday, saying that southeast Dallas had “truly caught the brunt of the storm.”
He claimed that 50 traffic lights were either out of power or on flash.
Water flooded interstates, roads, and parks, and the bad weather caused Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to rank highly on FlightAware’s list of airport delays and cancellations.
At the hub, 9.19 inches of rain fell in the 24 hours ending at 2:00 p.m. local time on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
As the river overflows and enters the “major flood stage,” there is a mass evacuation taking place in Arizona Town.
Sanitary sewage overflows were reportedly caused by rainfall at multiple places across the city, according to the Dallas Water Utilities (DWU) Department.
Although there is no threat to the water supply, the DWU advised the public to stay away from any locations where garbage, soil, or water may be present.
According to the statement, “Persons using private drinking water supply wells located within a half-mile of the spill sites or within the potentially impacted areas should use only water that has been distilled or boiled at a rolling boil for at least one minute for all personal uses, including drinking, cooking, bathing, and tooth brushing.”
Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, gave the Texas Division of Emergency Management instructions to raise the Texas State Emergency Operations Center’s level of readiness.