<![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 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 03:30:50 -0500 Sun, 02 Aug 2015 03:30:50 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Lower Humidity This Weekend]]> Sat, 01 Aug 2015 19:38:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Remeisha-Shade-2012.jpg

The rest of the weekend will be hot and mainly dry.  But at least the humidity should stay fairly low for Sunday.  There will be a 5-10% chance for a few sprinkles for DFW Sunday but the rest of the week should be dry.  Temperatures will be getting hotter with triple digit heat likely Wednesday through Saturday.

7 DAY FORECAST:

TONIGHT:  Partly cloudy. Low: 75. Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY:  Partly cloudy with a 5-10% chance for a few sprinkles.  High: 98.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 77.  High: 99.  Wind: S 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 78.  High 99.  Wind: S 10-15 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 79.  High: 100.  Wind:  SW 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY:  Sunny and getting hotter.  Low: 80.  High: 101.  Wind:  SW 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY:  Sunny and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 101.  Wind:  SSW 10 mph.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny and hot.  Low: 80.  High: 100. Wind: S 10 mph.


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<![CDATA[Shady Shores Still Swamped After Spring Floods]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:02:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/shady+shores1.jpg

The spring floods may be a distant memory by now for many who don't live near North Texas lakes, but one spot in Denton County just can't seem to shake its water problem.

Despite the 100-degree days, Shady Shores Road remains flooded and closed in two spots on the border of Shady Shores and Lake Dallas.

The southernmost flooded area is showing a lot of improvement with the water nearly dried up.

Some residents are hopeful that spot will reopen to traffic in the coming weeks, though they say it will require some cleanup first as it is littered with leftover debris.

The real problem spot remains over the Shady Shores Road Bridge just down the street from the Town Hall.

There, the water has also fallen back significantly, but still has a long way to go before it will be dry.

Even once the water's gone, Denton County Commissioner Hugh Coleman said there will likely be repair work that needs to be done on the bridge that has now sat under water for at least two months.

He said the cities, county and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to inspect the stretch fully before it reopens to traffic.

That continues to be a burden for residents in the area like Casey Mayer.

Mayer and his neighbors are currently living between the two closures and are left with only one way in or out of their neighborhood, adding time and stress to their daily routine.

"Over here it's still swamped. We can't get a break," said Mayer. "A little bit more heat I guess. I don't want it, but if it takes that to dry it up, let's get it."

At this point Coleman said many of the other former flood spots that have dried up in the county are in need of repairs, and his team is working to address them all.

Coleman urges residents to continue to observe and follow barricades closing off roads as the stretch ahead, while maybe visibly OK, likely contains damage or other hazards that could put people in danger.

It is also illegal to drive around a barricade.



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<![CDATA[Beating the Heat in the Metroplex]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:51:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dallas+is+hot.jpg

When temperatures in North Texas reach the triple digits, people do whatever they can to cool off.

For welder Michael Gomez, that includes hydration and fans.

“We just deal with it every day, and we try to get as many fans as we can blowing in our direction,” said Gomez.

In addition to fans, Gomez said he brings a case of water with him to work and downs one bottle about every 15 minutes. He also mixes in some Gatorade, too.

“Once you start working your mind just blows off the heat,” he added.

Some who were not at work Thursday found cool refuge at Burger's Lake in Fort Worth.

Leslie Wilbert found it's a great place to keep her 2-year-old son to keep busy.

“It’s hard being inside all day with a little one. They need to get out. He needs to get out, run and play and jump, so this is a perfect place to do it,” said Wilbert.

None of those cooling off at the spring-fed water park seemed in a rush to leave.

“We went to an indoor amusement park and stayed 10-and-a-half hours, so I’m sure we will close this place, too,” said Jane Rich.

Temperatures Thursday reached 104 degrees at D/FW International Airport. While a weak cold front is expected Friday, temperatures are still expected to climb close to 100 degrees.



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<![CDATA[Blue Moon Rises Over North Texas Thursday, Friday]]> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:50:48 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/moon-GettyImages-169149710.jpg

Be sure to set your gaze skyward Friday to catch a glimpse of the rare blue moon.

According to NBC 5 Meteorologist Brian James, the moon will rise over Dallas at 7:48 p.m. this evening and will set at 6:54 a.m. Friday. The moon will rise again at 8:36 p.m. Friday and set at 8:01 a.m. Saturday. 

Astronomer Larry Ciupik from Chicago's Adler Planetarium said while the moon can be seen both nights, the peak time for viewing will be early Friday morning, in Dallas that'll be at 5:43 a.m. Viewing across North Texas should be very good with a mostly clear sky expected both tonight and Friday night.

Don't be fooled by the name "blue moon," however. Most likely, the moon will look gray or white as usual, but it will be a full moon.

Blue moons are not actually defined by their color. Instead, by popular definition, a blue moon is the second full moon in a month. The phenomenon only happens every few years, making it a relatively rare occurrence. The first full moon of the month happened July 2 — or technically July 1.

A moon that appears blue is caused by dust in the atmosphere, according to Ciupik. If the atmospheric conditions are just right on Friday, then the blue moon may appear slightly blue in color, but Ciupik said that isn't likely to happen.

The popular definition of a blue moon is as incorrect as the assumption that the moon will actually look blue, however, according to Ciupik. The Farmers' Almanac definition of a blue moon is the third full moon in a calendar season, which is just as rare as the second full moon in a month. The two kinds of blue moons do not usually align, however.

The last blue moon — by popular definition — happened in August 2012, and the next one will not appear until January 2018. The phenomenon can happen any month except February, even during  a Leap Year, because the month does not have enough days, according to Ciupik.

Although Friday's moon may not look any different than any other full moon, Ciupik believes the popularity of the blue moon is due to the general mystery of the moon, including the faces some people see in the orb and the myths that proliferate about full moons causing strange events.

"It's also a kind of romantic thing," Ciupik said. "I think it's kind of primal. You look at the moon, and it's kind of primal. You could be seeing this a thousand years ago, the same thing."



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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[Dog Days of Summer VI]]> Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:57:27 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/dd+thumb+073115.JPG NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[Arlington Campers Not Sweating Summer Heat]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2015 18:56:51 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hot+parks+wx.jpg

On the shores of Lake Arlington, there are no iPads, computers, or TVs – and a group of about 50 kids who spent the day there Tuesday couldn't care less.

“I really enjoy sitting out in the sun,” said 9-year-old Shepard Collins.

They’ll spend the entire week at the lake with Camp Kitsu, an outdoor adventure camp run by Arlington Parks & Recreation.

During that time, they’ll learn how to fish, how to canoe, and how to shoot a bow-and-arrow.

“It gives them a chance to do something they wouldn’t have otherwise gotten maybe to experience being here in Arlington,” said Diana Younts, Recreation Program Coordinator for Arlington Parks & Rec.

Doing those things means kids and counselors will spend a great deal of time out in the Texas heat – but they’re not sweating it. There are plenty of shaded spots around, there is always water on hand and the kids know when enough is enough.

“They get their breaks, they get water days, they get to go swimming, and on some of their field trips, they get to go to water parks,” said Younts. “So, they get some relief.”

“Sometimes [the heat bothers me] like when it’s really hot,” said 10-year-old Eivhlin Steele. “But most of the time it doesn’t.”

Besides, there are plenty of other things for the kids to focus on besides the heat – like hitting a bullseye, reeling in a fish and paddling back to land.

“I love the outdoors,” said Steele.

The kids do spend some time indoors each day to get a break from the heat.

There are still spots left for the final two weeks of Camp Kitsu.

For more information, click here.



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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer V]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 12:58:17 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-Thumb-072815.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[Solar Car Challenge 2015]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 22:41:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/SCC+2015.jpg

NBC 5 and the Solar Car Challenge Foundation invite you to the 2015 Solar Car Challenge July 20 through 23 at Texas Motor Speedway. Come share the fun, meet the kids and see their solar cars.

The Solar Car Challenge is a closed-track event held at the world famous Texas Motor Speedway that helps to motivate students in Science, Engineering, and Alternative Energy. We teach high school students around the country how to plan, design, engineer, build, race, and evaluate roadworthy solar cars.

There are 151 on-going high school solar car projects in 29 states, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Uzbekistan. There are more than 400 schools lined up to enter this project in the future. 31 of these teams have announced that they are going to race in this summer’s race at the Texas Motor Speedway.

The Solar Car Challenge was established in 1993 to help motivate students in science and engineering, and to increase alternative energy awareness. The challenge teaches high school students around the world how to build roadworthy solar cars.

Each team’s solar car is an individual project; they are not provided a kit. Students learn to choose materials for their solar car based on their plan, financial resources, and capabilities.  This helps makes the Solar Car Challenge a unique “turn key” project. 

The Solar Education Program provides a safe environment for teams to display their solar cars. On alternating years, they share the fun of the world-famous Texas Motor Speedway or drive cross-country to share their projects with millions of people.

For more information, visit http://www.solarcarchallenge.org.

Solar Car Challenge 2015
July 20 – 23
Texas Motor Speedway
3545 Lone Star Cir
Fort Worth, TX 76177
http://www.solarcarchallenge.org

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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer IV]]> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:57:35 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dd-thumb-072215.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer. ]]> <![CDATA[The Salvation Army Helps North Texas Keep Cool]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:51:52 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/salvation+army+marshall+house.jpg

The Salvation Army is helping North Texas beat the heat with the installation of 13 cooling stations across the metroplex.

In a release issued on July 13, The Salvation Army said they will be opening air-conditioned cooling stations, located inside their community  from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, to provide a safe place for people to stay during extreme, hot weather.

The Salvation Army said these centers will provide the following:

  • A Cool Place to Sit During the Day
  • Ice-Cold Water for Hydration
  • Hot-Weather Survival Tips
  • Free Electric Fans

Social Workers will also be available to meet with anyone who needs financial assistance with their utility bills during extremely high temperatures, according to The Salvation Army.

The cooling stations inside the Dallas and Fort Worth emergency homeless shelters will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week due to high foot traffic.

For more information or exact locations of cooling stations, click HERE.

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<![CDATA[My Weather Story]]> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 16:22:46 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+story+images1.jpg

Weather is something that connects us all.  We all have meaningful stories to share about how Texas weather has impacted our lives.

The NBC 5 Weather Experts shared their stories below.  You can share your weather story by sending an email to MyWeatherStory@NBCDFW.com 

David Finfrock -- "That was the most horrific night we've had."

Rick Mitchell -- "All of a sudden the doors to the station blew open."

Remeisha Shade -- "It was definitely terrifying."

Grant Johnston -- "We're talking about 100 mph wind heading into the vehicle."

Samantha Davies -- "It was something out of a movie."

Brian James -- "We should have got insurance for this vacation."


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<![CDATA[Heat-Related Illnesses On the Rise]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 23:01:37 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/heat+wave+90.jpg

Doctors are hearing more complaints about the heat as temperatures rise toward triple digits.

"We are seeing more heat illnesses here at the clinic right now," said Dr. Vicki Yang at Children's Health Dallas. "Usually it's a combination of some nausea or the child is feeling a little bit overheated."

Dallas County tracks heat-related illness, including heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
The number is rising, but so far there have been no deaths this year.

"This Texas heat is very deadly," said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Zachary Thompson.

Running the air conditioning at night, when many people may turn them off to save money, is just as important as keeping cool during the day.

"Everybody's always concerned about the daytime temperatures, but it's really the nighttime temperatures," said Thompson. "When you start talking 80 degrees and above as a nighttime temperature, your body does not cool down, and that contributes to heat illnesses."

Doctors have a simple prescription for parents of young children.

"As long as the children are out there drinking enough fluids, wearing loose fitting clothing should help with the increased heat," said Yang.

Doctors recommend sports drinks like Gatorade to replace essential nutrients lost in the heat.

In anticipation for triple-digit temperatures in North Texas, Dallas County Health and Human Services issued a Heat-Related Illness Surveillance Report July 13.

DCHHS said 75 heat-related illnesses have been documented so far in 2015, including 26 cases of heat cramps, 39 cases of heat exhaustion and 10 cases of heat stroke.

No heat-related deaths have been reported.

The report also mentioned that men aged 18-35 are most likely to suffer from a heat-related illness with 20 documented cases. However, men and women of all ages are at risk.

DCHHS reminds everyone that these illnesses are preventable by drinking plenty of water and spending time in air-conditioned locations.

The Salvation Army is helping North Texas beat the heat with the installation of 13 cooling stations across the metroplex.

The cooling stations inside the Dallas and Fort Worth emergency homeless shelters will remain open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week due to high foot traffic.

For more information or exact locations of cooling stations, click HERE.

NBC 5's Jamie Weiss contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Flooding, Water Rescues in San Angelo]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 15:21:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/san+angelo+drowning.jpg

Nearly two dozen water rescues took place around San Angelo Tuesday.

Heavy rain that began shortly after noon caused widespread flooding across the city.

Around two-and-a-half inches fell in a very short amount time, catching many drivers off guard.

Some drivers ignored the dangers and drove off into large areas of water.

Each scenario kept San Angelo fire and police officials busy responding to more than two dozen calls for help from stranded motorists.

No injuries were reported.



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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.



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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[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.



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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer II]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 13:28:08 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dd-thumb-070815.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
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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.

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<![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

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<![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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