Originally published by William K. Berenson.
At Least 35 Dead and Nine Missing In Our Region
We’ve all seen the devastating photos and videos from across Texas. The flooding has caused dangerous conditions on Dallas-Fort Worth roads. By 10:00 this morning, Dallas Fire – Rescue had already responded to 70 auto accidents and hundreds of motorists stranded in high water. Down the street from my office, University Drive at the I-30 underpass was underwater and there have been many other impassable roads all around the Metroplex.
Tragically, at least 35 people in our region have died as a result of the flooding, including 15 people in Texas and 20 in Mexico and Oklahoma, and nine people remain missing.
We have already surpassed the Dallas-Fort Worth record for the wettest May in history and more rain is forecast for tonight and tomorrow. Here’s an interesting fact: tere has been enough rain across Texas during May to cover the entire state nearly 8 inches deep.
Precautions To Take
The road conditions are treacherous so, if possible, restrict your driving or even stay put for the day. If you must be on the road today, the Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesperson advised drivers to not drive through standing water. He recommended mapping out at least two alternative routes to your destination so you don’t feel pressured to take risks. In addition, he reminded drivers to not go around emergency vehicles that are blocking the road because you are putting yourself in the same circumstances from which first responders are rescuing other people.
Also, before heading out on the road, check for National Weather Service flash flood warnings for your area. Seemingly shallow water may actually be quite deep. During a violent storm like we had last night, part of the road may even be washed away. If you try to drive through, your car is likely to stall and waters can quickly rise placing you in serious danger.
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