<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Dallas-Fort Worth Weather News and Coverage]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcdfw.com/weather/stories http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth http://www.nbcdfw.com en-us Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:41 -0500 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 05:00:41 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Hot, Windy Start to July]]> Wed, 01 Jul 2015 20:22:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick-Mitchell-bio.jpg

Dry weather should continue Thursday before the chance of scattered thunderstorms arrive Friday afternoon and evening. The Fourth of July holds a lower chance of rain, but there is that chance ... so plan accordingly!  Anything that develops would likely fade away toward the time of evening fireworks. The next big weather story will be the onset of some of the hottest temperatures so far this year as we head toward the middle part of next week.


TONIGHT:  Clear to partly cloudy, breezy, and mild.  Low: 75.  Wind: S 10-20 mph.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy, windy, and hot.   High: 95.  Wind: S 15-25 mph.

FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy and very warm with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms.  Low: 74.  High: 92.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.

4TH OF JULY (SATURDAY):  Partly cloudy and warm, with a 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms.  Low: 75. High: 92.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy, breezy, and very warm.  Low: 76.  High: 93.  Wind: S 10-20 mph.

MONDAY:  Partly cloudy, windy, and hot.  Low: 75.  High: 94.  Wind:  S 10-20 mph.

TUESDAY:  Partly cloudy and hot.  Low: 75.  High: 95.  Wind:  S 10-20 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Partly cloudy and hot.  Low: 75.  High: 97.  Wind:  S 10-15 mph.

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<![CDATA[Boaters Urged to Avoid Texoma Intake Vortex]]> Thu, 25 Jun 2015 17:28:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/intake-vortex.jpg

Boaters on Lake Texoma are being advised to steer clear of a large intake vortex created when officials decided to lower the water level on the reservoir along the Texas-Oklahoma border.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Tulsa posted the video to their YouTube channel on June 5, and marked the area near the Denison Dam spillway with buoys to help keep boaters away.

The vortex, which fluctuates in size depending on the volume of water being released downstream, has been estimated to be as wide as 8 feet and could pull under a full-sized recreational boat.

"The vortex changes shape and width depending upon flood gate settings and lake elevations. If the gates are fully open it's a larger vortex. The vortex has shrunk considerably because we have adjusted our gate settings from the original video due to changing of flood gate settings. As long as the gates are open there is a vortex of some size," said the USACE Tulsa in a statement to NBC 5.

Vortexes, or whirlpools, are naturally occurring and common when water is moved from one location to another -- much like when water is drained from a sink or bathtub.

The spillway's floodgates are expected to remain open, to some degree, through July, according to a report from The Weather Channel.

The USACE said the vortex is located on the Red River at river mile 725.9, five miles northwest of Denison in Grayson County, Texas.

Photo Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Tulsa
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<![CDATA[6.8 Percent of Texas Remains Dry, in Drought]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:12:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/217*120/eagle+mtn+lake+flooding.JPG

As of June 16, only just under 7 percent of the state of Texas remains in drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

The latest findings indicate one thin thread of Moderate Drought (D1) representing .3 percent of the state, remains in the Panhandle's Hartley County. A swath of counties in Central Texas remains at the lowest intensity drought level (D0), or Abnormally Dry.

One year ago 71 percent of the state was in some degree of drought.

The latest findings indicate the population currently affected by drought in Texas has dropped to just 3,905 people, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. That number represents less than .0001 percent of the 27 million who live in the state.

Additionally, for the first time since 2010, statewide reservoir storage is above what would normally be expected for this time of year, according to the Texas Water Development Board.

The board said the state's reservoirs are currently 84 percent full, compared to 69 percent three months ago and 67 percent a year ago. While most reservoirs are full in North and East Texas, some are still well below capacity in the Valley, the Panhandle and in West Texas.

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<![CDATA[43 Percent of Texas Counties on Disaster List]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 16:19:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/grapevine-flooding2.JPG

Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 24 additional Texas counties Monday, bringing the total number of counties under Texas’ state disaster declaration to 110 -- or 43 percent of the state.

The counties added to the declaration are: Angelina, Burleson, Cherokee, Edwards, Ellis, Fayette, Gillespie, Kaufman, Lamar, Liberty, Leon, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Real, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Victoria, Waller and Wharton.

Additional counties may be added as the situation develops.

“The large number of Texas counties currently experiencing a state of disaster is an indication of how severe this ongoing weather situation is, and I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for everyone to heed local officials’ warnings,” said Abbott. “Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with all those affected, and I strongly urge all Texans to take all precautions to protect themselves and their families and neighbors.”

On June 3 the governor added 24 counties to the list, another 10 on June 18 and another six on June 22. Abbott previously made disaster declarations on May 11, May 15, May 25, May 26 and May 29.

To view Governor Abbott’s latest disaster declaration, click here.

The following 110 counties have been declared in a state of disaster: Angelina, Archer, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Baylor, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Callahan, Cass, Chambers, Cherokee, Clay, Collin, Comal, Comanche, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Dewitt, Dickens, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Fayette, Fort Bend, Frio, Gaines, Garza, Gillespie, Gonzales, Grayson, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Harrison, Hartley, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Houston, Jack, Jasper, Johnson, Jones, Kaufrnan, Kendall, Lamar, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Lubbock, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Montague, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Palo Pinto, Parker, Polk, Real, Red River, Refugio, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Shelby, Smith, Somervell, Starr, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Travis, Trinity, Tyler, Uvalde, Yan Zandt, Victoria, Walker,'Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise, Young and Zavala counties.

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips during this weather event:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.
  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.
  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and observe road barricades placed for your protection.
  • Remember that dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.
  • Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.
  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.
  • Be mindful that rising and moving water can also threaten people on foot and individuals near recreational waterways impacted by significant rainfall.
  • Monitor weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area.
  • Stay informed and heed warnings by local officials.

For additional safety tips related to tornadoes, thunderstorms and flooding, see the DPS' Threat Awareness Page.

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<![CDATA[Register for NBCDFW's Closing System]]> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 19:36:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/snowflake.jpg

NBCDFW and NBC 5 offer an automated system for school and business closings and delays that can be accessed online and over the phone for school and business administrators.

Due to the size of the Metroplex, only closings and delays for schools and large businesses with more than 500 employees will air on television. The status of religious facilities, day care centers, small businesses and other establishments will only be posted on NBCDFW.com.

To register, please send an email to Sharla.Alford@nbcuni.com with the name of your institution, the main contact name, phone number and email, as well as the physical address of the school, church or business.

To see a complete listing of current closing and delays, click here.

Additionally, NBCDFW offers email and SMS alerts for school and business closings. For more information click here.

We will not sign up new clients during an inclement weather event, so please sign up before your school or business needs to use our services.

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<![CDATA[Father Rescues Family from Bridge Collapse]]> Sun, 21 Jun 2015 23:13:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Jon_Bender_Rescue_Hunt_co.jpg

Just when many overloaded North Texas lakes finally began to crest, Father's Day brought another wet day for the Metroplex.

A Good Samaritan was caught on camera rescuing drivers of a pickup truck after a bridge collapsed underneath them.

The Farm-to-Market Road 118 bridge over the South Sulphur River collapsed Sunday afternoon, sending a family into the water below.

Alexis Nixon said her father, Jon Bender, threw a rope to save the family inside the truck. The passengers used the rope to climb back up to where the bridge once stood.

No one was injured in the incident.

Widespread flooding has caused serious problems for many in the region. FM 2499 between Grapevine and Flower Mound was closed for several days.

Water flowing from Grapevine Lake swelled Denton Creek, submerging the six lanes in water several feet deep in some areas of FM 2499.

Photo Credit: Alexis Nixon
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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer II]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 13:38:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/LOLA-DD.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer. ]]> <![CDATA[Chopper 5 Surveys Damage After #TDBill]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:27:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lake+Lewisville+061815.jpg

On Thursday, Chopper 5 surveyed the damage after Tropical Storm Bill moved through North Texas.

Many boats were damaged at marinas on Lake Lewisville and Joe Pool Lake. Chopper 5 also flew over the flooded ball fields at Grapevine Lake and California Crossing, which is notorious for flooding during heavy rain. The Trinity River is full once again and slope failures have been reported along some North Texas roads.

Boats and docks damaged on Lake Lewisville can be seen in the player above, you can see all of the rest of the videos below.

Boats and Docks Damaged at Lynn Creek Marina

Damaged Boats at Joe Pool Marina

Flooded Fields at Grapevine Lake

Trinity River on Thursday

California Crossing Under Water

Road Erosion at Loop 12 and I-30
Click here for full story

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<![CDATA[California Crossing Under Water]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:51:43 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/California_Crossing_061815_1200x675_467600963614.jpg Chopper 5 shows California Crossing at Luna Road in Northwest Dallas, where the road is flooded after Tropical Storm Bill moved through North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Boats and Docks Damaged at Lynn Creek Marina]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:49:26 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-06-18-13h46m41s127.jpg Chopper 5 shows boats and docks damaged at Lynn Creek Marina on Joe Pool Lake.

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<![CDATA[Flooded Fields at Grapevine Lake]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:44:56 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW_Grapevine_Lake_061815_1200x675_467605059530.jpg Chopper 5 shows the damage to baseball fields at Oak Grove Park on Grapevine Lake.]]> <![CDATA[Boats Damaged at Joe Pool Marina]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:39:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Joe+Pool+061815.jpg Chopper 5 shows many damaged boats and docks at the Joe Pool Marina on Joe Pool Lake after Tropical Depression Bill moved through North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Boats Damaged at Lake Lewisville]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:10:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lake+Lewisville+061815.jpg From Chopper 5 you can see many boats and docks on Lake Lewisville were damaged when Tropical Depression Bill moved through North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Surveys the Trinity River]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 13:26:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-06-18-13h20m48s211.jpg Chopper 5 surveyed the Trinity River on Thursday, June 18, 2015, one day after Tropical Storm Bill rolled through North Texas.

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<![CDATA[Tropical Depression Bill Rolls Through North Texas]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 23:10:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/215*120/springtown+sinkhole.JPG

Tropical Depression Bill dumped heavy rain on North Texas as the storm system moved through. While the storm caused little damage and was more of a nuisance to most North Texans, the worst could be yet to come as rivers could rise through the weekend and cause major problems.

Flash Flood Washes Away Road, Leaves Large Canyon

Flash flooding Wednesday washed away a road near Springtown, along the Parker-Wise County line, leaving a wide and deep canyon that has cut off four homes from the only way in and out of their community.

"Well, I was shocked at first," said Windy Thomas, about her reaction to seeing the damage to Saddle Ridge Court. "I've been out here for 14 years and I've never seen anything like this, ever."

Heavy rain overwhelmed the culvert that carries a creek beneath Saddle Ridge Wednesday afternoon.

The large metal culvert could be seen several yards down the resulting ditch, tossed aside by the massive amount of flood water.

Thomas said she and her neighbors expect to be trapped on their side of the gap through the weekend and that the road crew that came to inspect the damage did nothing to ease their concern.

"They said they were gonna be out first thing in the morning and use a railroad car somehow to fix the bottom, and somehow build on top of that," Thomas said. "But they haven't specified how long it was gonna take."

Dallas Emergency Managers Fear Rising Water

The worst may be yet to come from this round of stormy weather according to Dallas Emergency Management Director Rocky Vaz.

"We know a lot of rain has fallen up north and that means the reservoirs, Lewisville and Grapevine Lake would come up to the level of May 29th," he said.

Releases from the overflowing lakes after record May rain flooded streets and low lying properties in several Dallas County cities.

"Only about two days ago we finally opened all the streets and now we are back at closing at least half of what we had shut down," Vaz said. "And before this event is over, we expect more streets will be closed down in the coming days."

Wednesday Dallas prepared for flash flooding with up to 8 inches of rain as the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill passed directly through the area. But Dallas rainfall was less than half that much and street flooding was minor.

"So that's the good news," Vaz said.

The Elm Fork of the Trinity River receives released from Lewisville Lake heading to Dallas.

Several Dallas park facilities along the Elm Fork are still flooded and closed since May.

Luna Road near the Elm Fork was closed again Wednesday.

Ambassador Cab operates 300 taxis from a location on a section of the road that was still open Wednesday but closed back in May.

"It was very hard for us and this was the first time we have seen a flood that bad," General Manager Ali Mohamed said.

He is worried about the possibility his portion of road will close again.

"That is very bad for us and for our business," he said.

Tropical Depression Bill Hits Fort Worth

It was not an easy commute in certain parts of Fort Worth, some roads were closed because of high water.

There were barricades on North East 28th Street and Decatur Avenue.

Some drivers tried to get through, but ended up turning around at the barricades by the other end of the block.

In Lake Worth, more problems. Water was running over Comanche Trail and Marina.

On Watercress Drive, homes sit right on the lake.

Lake Worth is currently more than a foot and a half above normal pool levels and has gotten several inches of rain today.

Susan Matthus watched as water came about six feet from her deck in the last storm.

"We have owned this house for over six years and we have never had this problem before," said Matthus.

Across the street, Ally Muntean has a tree in her yard, courtesy of the winds this morning.

She continues to watch the lake, and help her neighbors get everything moved that’s too close to the water.

"It goes up it goes down. We are living with the constant anxiety of is the lake going to be up," said Muntean.

Denton County Takes a Step Back in Drying Out

Some spots in Denton County saw a reverse in progress Wednesday as they struggle to dry out from May’s storms.

Roads in Highland Village, Flower Mound, and Argyle that had dried out in past weeks once again took on water and had to be closed.

Parks around Lewisville Lake also saw waters come back up a bit as the lake level went from 2 weeks of falling to a slight rise again with the rain.

The rain reversed some progress for lake front homeowners eager to get their backyards back.

Emergency crews will remain on standby and county leaders say they'll keep a close eye on Tropical Depression Bill until it's gone.

Arlington Residents Ready for the Sun to Return

Two concerts scheduled for Wednesday morning and evening at Levitt Pavilion in Arlington were cancelled due to rain.

"We need to have dry weather and get everybody used to coming back out to the pavilion and getting over the bad weather and increasing that momentum again," said Cathy O'Neal with Levitt Pavilion.

Levitt Pavilion also just installed a big video screen a few weeks ago and hoped to debut it either this week or next week, now they'll likely have to wait until July.

Rain has forced the cancellation or relocation of shows at least four separate times since May and it's starting to take a toll.

This time last year, about 45,000 people had visited Arlington to see concerts. This year that number is only at 25,000.

All outdoor pools were also closed as was Six Flags Over Texas and Hurricane Harbor.

Tropical Depression Bill Causes Localized Flooding in Collin County

Rain, heavy at times, kept residents and first responders on their toes in Collin County.

The Plano Department of Emergency Management said while there have been no reports of damage or major flooding, Fourth Army Memorial Highway in Frisco was closed north of Lebanon Road in Frisco due to flooding until about 1 p.m.

Nearby, people in a Frisco neighborhood kept an eye on the hill that gave way behind their homes weeks ago. They're concerned more rain may make it worse.

The hill is located on Lebanon Road west of Legacy Drive, next to railroad tracks.

The city said the ground is so saturated the soil can't support the hill. Sandbags have been placed at the bottom to keep the dirt from washing across the sidewalk into the road.

The slope failed at the end of May after weeks of heavy rain. With more rain Wednesday, some are concerned it could slip even more.

"Because you don't know if it's going to slide into the road. Also, we get a lot of kids around here as well and I know they are walking back and forth all the time in that direction so it's just a concern. It's just a hazard," homeowner Nikki Labarbera said.

City engineers said this kind of soil movement is not uncommon throughout North Texas where the soil-type "Eagle-Ford" shale exists.

The city said representatives with BNSF have inspected the location and determined the rail crossings are not compromised.

City engineers are in the process of securing a design for repairs and anticipate work will begin within 90 days. Once repairs begin, engineers expect repairs will take another six weeks to complete.

Lake Lewisville Flooding Worries Homeowners

Flooding concerns continue to worry homeowners on Lake Lewisville as repeated storms have dumped record rainfalls on North Texas lakes and waterways.

Linda Thompson lives in Hickory Creek on Lake Lewisville and said the water is inching closer and closer to her back door.

"Once it starts, it just keeps coming," she said. "There's no place for it to go."

Just weeks ago, water surrounded her home, and now it is once again closing in from two different directions.

"I know there are a lot of places where the water has come in to their house, so I kind of think in that respect, hey, I still have dry places," Thompson said.

The Tarrant Regional Water District closed Lake Bridgeport to boaters and recreational activities, and Eagle Mountain Lake will also be closed due to heavy inflows from Bill that are expected to arrive at the reservoir.

People are urged to use extreme caution near these reservoirs over the next several days, as conditions could change quickly.

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<![CDATA[Your Photos: Tropical Depression Bill]]> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 14:41:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/damage-thumb-061815.gif NBC 5 viewers and NBC 5 news crews shared photos as Tropical Storm Bill moved through North Texas.]]> <![CDATA[Tropical Storm Bill Pounds Texas Coast]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:10:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TS-Bill-Gray061615.jpg

Tropical Storm Bill is pounding the Texas coast Tuesday with sustained winds of up to 60 mph and heavy rain that's expected to bring widespread flooding to a state experiencing one of its wettest springs on record.

Water is the major concern, especially in Houston where thousands are still cleaning up after historic flooding just three weeks ago. Last month, flooding led to more than 30 deaths in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Tropical Storm Bill had maximum sustained winds of 60 mph Tuesday morning as it came ashore about 90 miles southwest of Houston.

Forecasters are warning that the tropical storm could spawn tornadoes as well as expected flooding.

"These bands can produce heavy rains, they can also produce isolated tornadoes," said Jeff Lidner with Harris County Flood Control.

The National Weather Service says a flash flood watch has been extended from eastern Texas to central Illinois

Six to eight inches of rain is expected across the Texas and some areas could see a foot or more.

Many are still dealing with the effects of catastrophic flooding three weeks ago that swallowed neighborhoods and roadways leaving thousands stranded.

Residents have been asked to evacuate homes in low-lying areas coastal areas and people have been buying up bottled water and grocery staples ahead of Bill's arrival.

"Everything flooded because I live in this area," said Houston resident Kay Daniels. "So I am not ready for it, but I want to be more prepared for it this time."

The Houston Independent School District closed schools and offices as a precaution. District officials say heavy rain could make driving dangerous on Tuesday afternoon. Schools and offices are expected to re-open at their regular times Wednesday. Regular classes ended at the end of May but some Houston campuses have been running summer school classes since early June.

Emergency managers warn, these early rain bands are just the beginning of what could be another rough week in Texas.

"We are not going to be out of the woods until the center of circulation gets off to our north and east and that won't be until sometime tomorrow," said Lidner.

Emergency operations center in Houston opened Monday and will stay open around the clock until the storm and threat passes.

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<![CDATA[Chopper 5: Trinity River Flooding]]> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 17:54:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity-Chopper-5-061115.jpg Chopper 5 took at look at how the Trinity River looks after massive May floods. ]]> <![CDATA[Flood Victims Pleaded For Help in 911 Calls]]> Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:21:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/House+flooding+southbury.JPG

Recordings of 911 calls reveal frantic calls for help from people staying in homes along the flooded Blanco River in Texas, including a woman who said the house she was in was "floating."

Hays County released the recordings Tuesday to the Austin American-Statesman. The calls came in over Memorial Day weekend, when massive flooding was reported in Central Texas.

Nine bodies have been recovered in Hays County. The victims include Laura McComb, 34, who called to report water was creeping higher and there was no way to escape.

"We are on the Blanco River in Wimberley, and the water is up to the second story into the house," McComb said. "It's coming up to the second floor. I mean it's so high up. And we have no exit out."

The dispatcher advised avoiding the attic, where rising water can trap people, and that rescuers would be there soon. McComb did not say that she was sharing the house with eight other people, including three children, who were vacationing, the newspaper reported.

Fifteen minutes after McComb's call, a man who didn't identify himself called from the same address, got disconnected and then called back. "We need emergency rescue," he said. "The river has flooded around the house. We're at the bottom of Deer Crossing Road."

The operator told him that the address was already in the system for a rescue and asked, "Has anything changed?"

"Well, I mean we're running out of breathing room," the man said. The operator said get everyone to the roof.

Five minutes later another 911 call came in from an unidentified woman, and the phone connection went in and out.

"Hello! Our house is down! We're floating!" she said. "Our house is off the thing, and we're floating!" The line then went dead.

Minutes later, neighbors reported seeing a house floating down the river and smashing into a bridge.

McComb's body was recovered May 30. Five other people in the house have been found dead along the river. Two children remain missing, including McComb's 4-year-old daughter. The woman's husband, Jonathan McComb, was seriously hurt but survived.

<![CDATA[Your Dog Days of Summer Videos]]> Tue, 09 Jun 2015 14:26:04 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-video-060915.jpg

NBC 5 viewers have been sharing their Dog Days of Summer photos and videos.

You can see the videos here:

Hoss Cooling Off

Rose Having Fun in the Pool

Cows Love to Swim Too

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer - Gallery I

<![CDATA[DCTA A-Train Service South of Lewisville Still Offline]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:47:22 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dcta-a-train-cars-new.jpg

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) says regular A-train service south of Lewisville is still being impacted by heavy rain and flooding last month.

With flood waters receded, the DCTA is now taking on the task of repairing track damaged by the water between the Old Town Station and Carrollton's Trinity Mills Station.

The DCTA said they hope to operate regular A-train service early next week.

Meanwhile, a bus bridge has been established to provide service between Old Town Station and the Hebron Station to Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton. All bus bridge services will pick up and drop off near the platform at each station.

The A-train is operational between the Downtown Denton Transit Center and the Old Town Station in Lewisville.

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<![CDATA[TX-TF2 Returns Home After Flooding US&R]]> Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:29:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/TX-TF2-with-TX-State-Guard-2.jpg

After conducting search and rescue/recovery efforts along the Blanco River since May 28, members of Texas Task Force 2 (TX-TF2) returned to North Texas Friday.

Texas' Division of Emergency Management requested TX-TF2 be dispatched to Hays County to assist in the response along the Blanco River after severe flooding devastated the area last month.

TX-TF2, sponsored by Dallas Fire-Rescue but funded by the state, sent a Type III Urban Search and Rescue Team made up of 41 people, primarily firefighters, representing 13 different agencies from the North Texas area. The rescue team also includes a physician from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and several civilians.

DFR said they had 10 members previously deployed to the same location with Texas Task Force 1; six of whom were working with the Swift Water Rescue Strike Team (SWRST). Another worked with the TX-TF1 Helicopter Search and Rescue Team (HSART), in addition to one who worked with TX-TF1’s US&R team doing search and recovery missions in Wimberly.

"Throughout this ordeal, members, with local and federal authorities, conducted operations which necessitated the use of a variety of skills sets to include: rescue, canine search operations, technical search operations, hazardous materials response, medical operations and structural engineering," Dallas Fire-Rescue said in a news release Friday.

TX-TF2 became operational in 2007 and was designed to provide an immediate Type III 28-member Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) response to disasters anywhere within the 16 counties of the North Central Texas Council of Governments. TX-TF2 also provides a Type I 70-member US&R team anywhere in the state of Texas or the region comprising FEMA Region VI.

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<![CDATA[Lake Level Falling at Ray Roberts]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:34:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lake+Ray+Roberts+Dam+060415.jpg

The flood waters are starting to roll back at Lake Ray Roberts, but leaders don’t expect things to be back to normal there for months.

On Thursday the Army Corps of Engineers continued to release water from the lake’s flood gate at a rate of about 7400 cubic feet per second. Corps spokesperson Clay Church said the lake remains about 3 feet above its flood pool and about 10 feet about what they consider the normal elevation level of 632.50 feet.

He said at the current rate they’re seeing the level drop about a foot every 3 days.

The drop in elevation has allowed city and county leaders around the lake to open many roads back up including a closure that existed on Highway 377, but state parks and boat launches at the lake remain closed and still under significant amounts of water.

Church said despite the impacts on parks and lake businesses the reservoirs have performed as they should during the flood event by lessening downstream consequences and balancing the health of Ray Roberts, the Trinity River, and the other lakes in the system as each releases downstream at a rate that won’t overwhelm the others further.

The focus now for the Corps is lowering those flood and conservation pools down before any more rain hits so that they can clean up and repair damage left behind.

Church said boats that are already on the lake can still use it and the Corps plans to reopen boating on Lewisville as well Friday, but he warned lake goers to assess the safety risk first before going out. The flooding has displaced a lot of animals that can pose a threat and has added debris and hazards to the lake that could be harmful.

Efforts to lower lake levels to normal will likely last into the summer.

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<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Surveys Trinity River in Dallas]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 16:45:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Trinity_River_Flooding_060415_1200x675_457443395773.jpg Chopper 5 took an aerial tour of the Trinity River in Dallas on Thursday, June 4, 2015. The river is still high after May rain.]]> <![CDATA[Frogs, Frogs, Everywhere!]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:16:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Army-of-Frogs-060315.gif NBC 5 Fort Worth Reporter Chris Van Horne came across an army of baby frogs making themselves at home outside a house in Lake Worth near Lake Worth. ]]> <![CDATA[Irving Suspends Water Activities on Lake Carolyn]]> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 16:57:24 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lake-Carolyn.jpg

The City of Irving is suspending all water activities on Lake Carolyn until further notice and asking organizers to indefinitely postpone the DFW Dragon Boat, Kite and Latern Festival scheduled for Sunday after recent flooding.

Due to hazards including the accidental discharge of wastewater within the city of Irving and other cities caused by the recent flooding, Dallas County Health and Human Services recommends staying away from flood water.

"Flood waters and standing waters pose various risks, including transmission of infectious diseases, chemical hazard exposures and personal injuries," said DCHHS Medical Director Dr. Christopher Perkins. "Dallas County residents should refrain from all activities near flooded areas."

Due to accidental wastewater discharges in the area, authorities also are restricting access to Lake Carolyn's Promenade, as well as suspending gondola and pedal boat activities until further notice.

Residents are also asked to steer clear of other bodies of water, like the Trinity River and Irving's popular and currently flooded Campión Trail.

Irving wants residents to know the city's drinking water supply is safe to drink and has not been affected.

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<![CDATA[Texas Politicians Question Stricter Flood Control Standards]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 17:31:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/898c0f0279aa4e308453d8cf09d8050e.jpg

In the months before deadly flooding in Texas killed at least 24 people, some of the state's politicians objected to the imposition of stricter building standards for federally-funded projects in floodplains.

Engineers said that such standards are needed if taxpayer money is not to be flushed away in the next flood. 

An executive order from President Barack Obama, which has not yet been put into effect, substitutes a tougher flood risk standard when federal money is used to build or rebuild in the flood-prone areas.

U.S. representatives from Texas and elsewhere questioned how the order came about and whether as a result the administration's action is legal.

And if the order takes effect, many communities would be ineligible for such federal programs as port development projects, hazard mitigation grants and federally backed mortgages, the critics argue. 

“The negative impact would likely dry up economic investment in these areas,” read an April 22 letter from 55 members of the House, including Rep. Pete Olson, a Republican whose district borders Houston, and 12 others from Texas.

An earlier letter signed by eight U.S. senators, including Texas Republican John Cornyn, similarly criticized the procedure that was followed in Obama's executive order.

But flood control experts said the more stringent standards are necessary to ensure that rebuilding in Texas is more resilient to future flooding, especially as the state asks for costly federal aid. Obama has already declared the recent flooding a disaster and promised that requests for aid would be expedited.

“Taxpayers are going to be asked, yet again, for disaster assistance funds to repair and rebuild,” said Chad Berginnis, the executive director of the Association of State Floodplain Managers in Madison, Wisconsin. "If the new standard was in place for this event and for all future events, we could ensure that the American public is getting a much better return on investment."

No Statewide Floodplain Management Plan

Texas received a “D” in flood control in a 2012 report on its infrastructure by the state’s section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. It ranks among the top states in the country in dollars paid for flood claims — behind Louisiana and New Jersey and ahead of New York and Florida. But it still has no statewide floodplain management plan. Flood mitigation is divided among three state agencies, none of which has full authority to implement capital projects or manage the state’s 23 river basins.

The report warns that the population of Texas is expected to double in the next 30 to 40 years and development in the floodplains will likely increase, both of houses and commercial developments near the state’s streams, rivers and lakes and along the Gulf of Mexico.

Texas is also not a participant in the National Flood Insurance Program, though many of its communities are, the report notes. Standard homeowners insurance does not cover flooding but residents can get insurance through the program provided their community participates. In return communities agree to meet or exceed Federal Emergency Management Agency requirements for reducing the risk of flooding.

Between 1978 and 2011, the FEMA paid nearly $5.5 billion in payments for 237,251 flood loss claims in Texas — payments that accounted for more than 13 percent of the total dollars paid in the country.

What Obama's Order Says

The executive order, dated Jan. 30, grew out of the country’s response to superstorm Sandy, part of the president’s plan to improve the country’s ability to withstanding flooding and prepare for the effects of climate change.

Federal agencies are directed to select one of three approaches for establishing flood risk: using data that integrate current and future changes in flooding based on science, setting the hazard area at 2 or 3 feet above a 100-year flood elevation or setting it at a 500-year flood elevation.

The executive order now in effect, which was issued by President Jimmy Carter, directs federal agencies to avoid the adverse effects of building on floodplains and to choose an alternative when possible.

The new standard for the first time asks agencies to consider climate change and future development conditions when choosing a protection standard, Berginnis noted. Flood maps have traditionally used past and current data as well as historical flood records, he said. But as methods improve -- for example the ability to better predict sea level rise has gotten better over the last decade -- agencies might want to use the best available climate science approach, he said.

“This hits at a rather interesting irony: How folks that are fiscal conservatives could argue against a higher flood risk management standard for things such as disaster aid and other federal actions?” Berginnis said. “Shouldn’t we be safeguarding taxpayer funds and making sure that when they’re invested in rebuilding, that they’re invested wisely?”

Rebuilding after Sandy was not impeded by tougher standards put in place for areas hit by the storm, he said. And though a tougher standard will be more expensive to start, insurance will be cheaper, buildings will be more resilient and federal funds will likely be available for improvements, he said.

A spokeswoman for Olson, Melissa Kelly, said that he was not opposed to federal standards for flood management, but the way that the executive order was put in place. Olson thinks communities that are directly affected should have a say in any changes made, she said.

He and the other lawmakers said the administration should have gotten opinions from governors, mayors and others before drafting the order — as ordered to by Congress.

Sessions to gather public comments, including from governors and mayors, were held through March and April and guidelines for executing the order are now being revised. Agencies will not make changes to existing regulations until the federal Water Resources Council issues amended guidelines.

The Fort Bend County judge, Robert Hebert, the county’s top administrative official, said that the county’s levees held up well during the rains. They were built to federal standards but with local tax money and are maintained with local funds.

“This executive order as proposed, it’s very unclear as to how it would be applied,” said Hebert, who has written to FEMA with his concerns that the new standards will go beyond federal construction to encompass disaster preparedness assistance, federal highway aid and other funding.

If the tougher standard is applied only to federal property, he said he had no objections.

"But it doesn't say that," he said. "It doesn't restrict the order to that function."

Rebuilding on Floodplains

Carol Ellinger Haddock, the senior assistant director in Houston’s Infrastructure Planning Branch, was part of a team reporting on the need for a national strategy for flood risk management. The federal government is very good at helping people recover from floods, she said.

“But the opposite of that is all the land use decisions are made at the local level," she said.

Decisions on where buildings can be constructed in flood-prone areas and how are set at the local level and those can vary between communities, she said. Texas has to balance property taxes and other benefits from building with keeping people and buildings safe.

"When the flood comes, it doesn’t respect political boundaries," she said.

A strong attachment to private property rights has gotten the United States into a cycle of spiraling flooding losses, said Nicholas Pinter, who in August will join the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Center for Watershed Sciences at the University of California, Davis. Mitigation is far more expensive than avoiding floodplains in the first place, he said.

“This is a not a short-term problem in Texas, this is a nation-wide imbalance,” he said. “This is the history of our development, management of our floodplains.”

After massive flooding along the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in 1993, the country spent $87 million in taxpayer funds to remove flooded structures, and stayed off the floodplain for three to five years, he said. But 10 years later, $2.2 billion of new infrastructure had been built on land that was under water.

“That’s the problem, it’s one step forward, two steps back,” he said.

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<![CDATA[DCTA Suspends A-Train Service Monday]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:36:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dcta-a-train-cars-new.jpg

The Denton County Transportation Authority (DCTA) says A-train service remains suspended Monday due to high water; service to be partially suspended service on Tuesday.

DCTA will operate all standard bus service. DCTA has established two bus bridge services to assist with the suspension of A-train service:

  • A southbound and northbound express bus bridge offering service from the Downtown Denton Transit Center, and MedPark Station, to Trinity Mills Station.
  • A southbound and northbound local bus bridge that will service all A-train rail stations from the Downtown Denton Transit Center to the Trinity Mills Station.

DCTA will operate all standard bus service. DCTA has established a southbound and northbound bus bridge that will service Old Town Station in Lewisville to the Trinity Mills Station in Carrollton.

All bus bridge services will pick up and drop off near the platform at each station. DCTA representatives will be on site to assist with this process and address passenger questions.

Passengers should expect to use the bus bridge services moving forward until further notice. DCTA encourages passengers to seek alternate modes of transportation during this time.

Current conditions will be monitored regularly to determine any necessary service modifications for the safety of passengers and DCTA employees. For more information on DCTA's service during the inclement weather, passengers are encouraged to sign up for Rider Alerts or contact customer service at 940-243-0077.

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<![CDATA[Evacs Recommended Near Trinity Rosser Levee]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:42:05 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flooding+generic+722_406.jpg

A number of small breaches along the Trinity River is prompting Ellis County Emergency Management officials to recommend evacuations for those near the Trinity Rosser levee near Telico and Bristol.

The county said they are monitoring the rising flood waters along with first responders, the levee board and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"All residents are encouraged to avoid areas that are under water. Law Enforcement will be restricting access to affected roads as they become a hazard. Please remember that it is illegal to drive through, tamper with, or remove barricades. If you encounter a road that is covered in water, stop and turn around," county officials said in a news release Monday morning.

Other areas of concern are near Red Oak Creek, Smith Creek, Ten Mile Creek, and Lake Bardwell, the county said.

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<![CDATA[Residents in Kaufman County Warned of Rising River]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 01:00:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/053115_Combine_River_Vanhorne_1200x675_454713923973.jpg

The rain has stopped, but now the concern grows downstream.

With Lake Ray Hubbard and Lake Lavon full and discharging water, residents in western Kaufman County have been warned about possible flooding.
Residents say the East Fork of the Trinity River is usually just 8-feet wide when it passes under Farm-to-Market Road 3039. On Sunday morning, it stretched close to a half-mile wide.
"It looks bad but it can still hold a lot of water yet," said resident Frank Farr.
Farr lives just a mile down river and is keeping a close eye on what usually lies several hundred yards from his house.
"I just check it on a daily basis, being retired and stuff, but as far as I know I should be OK," Farr said.
So far, no one in Combine has seen any flooding from the rising river, but the Kaufman County Office of Emergency Management has warned residents the river isn't done and that homes in low-lying areas, close to the East Fork, could be in danger.
Emergency Manager Steve Howie doesn't know exactly how many homes could be threatened but says if there's anything major they'll all be alerted. Saying there's a distinct chance FM 3039 could be flooded over as early as Sunday night.
"If it's like that tomorrow, the school buses and stuff probably won't be able to get down it," Farr said.
Farr has seen that happen a number of times in his 75 years here, but said this isn't the worst.
"As long as I can remember, I'd say where I'm at right here can get up to 10 foot higher probably," Farr said.
That's something Farr and emergency managers hope doesn't happen as all they can do is watch and wait.
"We're fine," Farr said.
Officials are also monitoring the Bois d'Arc Island levee, which is on private property. However only two homes are threatened by a possible breach and the property owner is aware of what could happen.

<![CDATA[Dallas Closes 21 Roads Due to Flooding]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 10:51:57 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/053115+Dallas+Street+Closures+Floods.jpg

Days after heavy rain, the flood threat continues to plague North Texas as Dallas County is under a Flood Warning until 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Overflowing lakes are pouring water into the Trinity River System, specifically the Elm Fork, which is causing flooding in commercial areas of Dallas.

Water is pouring over the spillway uncontrolled at Lewisville Lake and Grapevine Lake, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water through the flood gates from Lake Ray Roberts.  

“What’s happening is the water is coming down from Lake Ray Roberts, Grapevine, Lake Lewisville and it’s coming through the Trinity Elm Fork, which is the streams, which cannot hold the water, which is spilling into the neighborhoods,” said Rocky Vaz, director of the Dallas Office of Emergency Management.

There have been no evacuations orders and officials are closely monitoring the threat.

The City of Dallas sent a reverse 911 call Sunday to more than 3,000 people, mostly businesses, in an area bound by Royal Lane, Northwest Highway, Interstate 35E and Luna Road warning them of flooded roadways in the area.

Dallas police urged drivers not to go around barriers or wade through high water.

Since Friday, Dallas Fire Rescue responded to 70 high water related calls although there were few Sunday, according to Jason Evans, public information officer for Dallas Fire-Rescue.

A police staging area was established off Royal Lane Sunday to help respond to flooding, and the Emergency Operations Center was actively working to monitor the threat.

“In some areas we might see water rising some more, but we expect it to start receding,” said Vaz.

“Right now, we do not foresee issues of any commercial establishments being flooded. Our biggest concern is that people who get into these areas may not be able to get out if the water goes up.”

Here are a list of street closures provided by the City of Dallas:

  • 2100-2300 blocks of West Northwest Highway
  • Manana at I-35
  • Walnut Hill from I-35 to Northwest Highway
  • Northwest Hwy at I-35 & Walton Walker
  • Lombardy at I-35
  • Gardner Road
  • Wireway
  • 2000-2200 blocks of Manana
  • 2100 Manana toward Spangler
  • Westbound Northwest Highway from I-35 to Loop 12
  • Goodnight at Walnut Hill
  • Tantor at X
  • Tantor Road and Royal Lane
  • Luna SB from Wire St to Northwest Highway
  • Irving near Royal and Golf Course
  • Loop 12 at Singleton
  • Luna at Tantor Road
  • Southbound Goodnight at Walnut Hill
  • Southbound Spangler at Walnut Hill
  • Southbound Luna at Royal
  • Northwest Highway west of Walton Walker
  • California Crossing at Luna
  • Luna at Y
  • Wildwood at California Crossing

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