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 images showed 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 

Heavy rainfall and flash floods have inundated Dallas and northern Texas, turning streets into rivers of water and submerging cars as rain continues to lash the southwestern U.S.

Showers started Sunday evening as part of a “multi-day heavy rainfall event” in the region, according to the National Weather Service, prompting hundreds of flight cancellations and delays.

In the Dallas area, 7.8 inches of rain was recorded in just three hours, marking the highest rate of rainfall in the deluge so far. Overall, nearly 10 inches of rain has been recorded on the east side of Dallas.

 If the Dallas Fort-Worth area records over 10.33 inches of rain, it’ll be the wettest August on record.

The rain is expected to shift towards the lower Mississippi Valley later in the week, according to the weather service.

In videos shared online, the I-30 freeway could be seen swollen with water, with tractor trailer trucks and cars halted and some partially submerged early Monday in downtown Dallas, well before morning rush hour.

“I’ve been here over an hour… I almost made it home,"  Jimmy Dede Mccoy said in a video livestreamed on Facebook before 4 a.m. Monday.

"Everybody’s already out of their cars stuck. That’s (the I-30) though, towards downtown. Looks like a river."

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