<![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 Sat, 30 May 2015 06:09:51 -0500 Sat, 30 May 2015 06:09:51 -0500 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[NBC 5 Forecast: Flood Threat Continues]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:02:41 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/bj+wx.jpg

Today will begin with another round of rain and storms ... and the possibility of more flooding. A few lingering showers and storms will be possible this afternoon too ... but after that, we can look forward to a stretch of dry weather! It won't be dry for just a few hours either! The forecast looks dry all the way through the end of next week!

7 DAY FORECAST:

TODAY:  FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT UNTIL NOON.  Widespread AM rain and storms. Mostly cloudy with isolated PM showers and storms. High: 78.  Wind: N 5-10 mph.

TONIGHT:  Isolated evening showers and storms, then mostly cloudy. Low: 62. Wind: N 5-10 mph.

SUNDAY:  Mostly cloudy AM, decreasing clouds PM. High: 80.  Wind: N/NE 5-10 mph.

MONDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  Low: 63.  High: 82.  Wind: E/SE 5-10 mph.

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  Low: 64.  High: 85.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.

WEDNESDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  Low: 69.  High: 86.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

THURSDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 70.  High: 87.  Wind: SE 10-15 mph.

FRIDAY:  Partly cloudy and warm.  Low: 71.  High: 87.  Wind: SE 5-10 mph.



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<![CDATA[Homes Flooded, People Stuck in Johnson County]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:15:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/218*120/joco+ellis+flood.JPG

In Johnson County, officials have evacuated or rescued about 19 people, according to Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore, but many more could be trapped in their homes.

"This is our fourth major flooding since April 26," he said. "We're doing rescues and having homes that are inundated with water."

Several drivers needed to be pulled from their cars, including Jeremiah Carter. The National Guard pulled him out.

“The current got too high over here, it slung the back end of the jeep sideways, and started pulling it in the ditch,” said Carter

About 45 roads are closed in the county due to flooding.

One major problem area was Gardega Road and County Road 805.

Buffalo Creek rose above the bridge, so even if people could get out of their homes, they could not get down the road.

Tracy Plemons lives on Gardega, and as soon as the water went down, she and her grandson, AJ, went to get a horse trailer. Earlier, they could not get to their horse and ponies because their yard was flooded.

“Earlier they were trying to swim to get to dry ground,” said AJ Salazer of Cleburne.

So when the water receded, they went to try and find them, to take them to higher ground. They were able to rescue all but one, who they think is way back in a field.

“They said rain again tonight so we had to come and get them,” said Tracy Plemons.



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<![CDATA[Grapevine Roads Closed, Lake Expected to Top Spillway]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:55:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/c248d4aae8b24db293bf67ae59bec76a.jpg

The City of Grapevine is closing several roads, parks and boat ramps over concerns Lake Grapevine will rise above the spillway. 

  • Fairway Drive, per the US Army Corps of Engineers, was closed Friday afternoon in anticipation of the lake reaching the spillway level of 560 feet which has not occurred since 1990.  This includes the closure of the Grapevine Golf Course and the Grapevine Concourse;
  • Dove Road in the vicinity of Silvercrest Lane was closed Friday evening. When water goes over the road at this location, it will remain closed until flood conditions cease;
  • All boat ramps and lake parks are closed.

The closures were put in place Friday and will remain in place until roads are determined to be safe to pass.

Additionally, officials are "strongly discouraging" boating activities on Lake Grapevine for the next several days due to rising water levels, displaced wildlife and submerged objects that could cause damage to boats and boaters.

Thursday's storm, which dropped nearly five inches of rain overnight at Dallas Love Field and more than two inches elsewhere around the Metroplex, helped set a record for the wettest May in Dallas-Fort Worth history.

The previous record for May rainfall was set in 1982 at 13.66 inches and was eclipsed at midnight when 13.87 inches had been recorded for the month. By 8 a.m., the total rose to 16.07 inches; 8.62 inches received in the last week alone.

The wettest month ever recorded in North Texas goes all the way back to April 1922 where 17.64 inches were recorded.  With more rain expected Friday night and into Saturday, shattering that record remains a possibility.

Midway Road was closed at Midway Court as well, about a quarter of a mile south from Paradise Cove, a wedding and special events venue.

On Thursday, NBC 5 highlighted the plight of owner Tina Nealy, who was busy putting sandbags in place along the perimeter of the events center.

Nealy watched as Lake Grapevine swallowed the gazebo which has played host to wedding ceremonies for years.

"Well, I mean, this is my baby," Nealy said Thursday, fighting back tears. "I designed all of that. So, I mean, it's hard."

Friday morning Nealy returned to a heavy dose of reality – the lake water had risen to the point that her business' parking lot was under water, as was about 200 yards of Midway Road leading up to her property.

However, hope was not lost.

Dozens of people began to show up, as well.

"I saw a bunch of trucks," Nealy said Friday night. "And I thought they were people just coming to look and see the water, as so many have done. And then I realized that it was people that were there to help."

"We moved everything needed for three weddings at Paradise Cove in two hours over a flooded parking lot because of, just, community," Nealy said. "Community, all over. Not just [Grapevine] but all over the Metroplex. People that I didn't even know."

Nealy said she could not give enough thanks to the volunteers who helped to make sure that the weddings would still be a possibility – albeit in other venues, provided by friends and competitors.

"Anybody out there that I did not get to shake your hand or thank you, thank you so much," Nealy said. "Because it was huge. People I didn't even know. Neighbors… I didn't know half the people that were here."



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<![CDATA[Loop 12 Closed Near I-30 Due to Flooding]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 22:08:23 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CGLiGLYUsAEx18R.jpg

Dallas city officials say a stretch of Loop 12 between Irving Boulevard and Interstate 30 will be closed for the next several days due to flooding.

Water began pooling along Loop 12 underneath the Interstate 30 overpass overnight Thursday, gridlocking dozens of drivers in both directions for up to six hours between parked cars and rising water.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said a crane was brought in after 11 a.m. to remove a section of a concrete median so that motorists trapped in the southbound lanes could get off the roadway.

The northbound lane had already been cleared.

He said the southbound lanes were more challenging because streets where people could have exited were flooded as well. He said they think that the area where the road usually drains to flooded as well, so there was nowhere for the water to go.

City of Dallas Public Information Officer Sana Syed said Friday that the city's flood control area was working, there was simply too much water to allow what fell to flow into the Trinity River.

Syed said pumps are being brought to the area that will take the water from the roadway, over the levee and into the Trinity River.

Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area through the weekend.



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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[Garland Homes Flooded Friday Morning]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 18:10:16 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh-07.jpg

Residents living along Duck Creek in Garland spent the day cleaning up after flash flooding Friday morning.

The Garland Fire Department had at least a dozen water rescues from cars and homes.

Many people living along Glenbrook Drive in Garland woke up Friday morning to water pouring in their home.

"It’s about 3:30 in the morning and my wife wakes me up and says there’s water coming in the house," said Allan Pettit.

More than a dozen homes on Glenbrook Drive were flooded with several feet of water.

"When we looked out the door, a couple minutes later, and it had already risen several inches," said flood victim Abby Hare. "We were like its coming and it's coming fast, so there was barely any time to do anything."

Hare has lived in her home on Glenbrook for 16 years. She says there was some flooding in 2006, but says it has never been this bad.

"It was almost two and a half feet of water in the house," she said. "Everything was floating around, couches, tables."

Daniel Guitierrez, who also lives on Glenbrook Drive, found his car on the other side of the street.

"I looked outside the same time it was flooding completely, and I didn't see my car,” said Gutierrez, "Thought it's probably down the street somewhere."

Clean up in the neighborhood brought out friends and family to help neighbors hit by flash flooding and overflow from the Duck Creek.

"There was water probably 18 inches [of water] which is kind of weird," said Pettit. "It’s like an aquarium in your back yard."

Neighbors say the water rose quickly. But just as soon as it came, it receded.

"The water is coming up and we're trying to move stuff upstairs and I’m going around in my rain boots and it keeps coming quick," said Abby Hare.

Now folks have the tedious process of removing ruined belongings one by one.

All the families we spoke with have remained positive, despite the damage, and are glad no one was hurt.

"God has our back and he will definitely take care of us,” said Hare. "We have friends in our lives that will help us clean up the wreck."

Many of the families we spoke with did have flood insurance.



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<![CDATA[Abbott Adds 24 Counties to Disaster LIst]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:26:55 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Josh-07.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in 24 additional counties Friday, bringing the total number of counties under Texas' state disaster declaration to 70, the governor's office says.

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."

To view Abbott's disaster declaration, click here.

The following 70 counties have been declared in a state of disaster: Angelina, Archer, Bastrop, Blanco, Bosque, Bowie, Burleson, Caldwell, Cass, Cherokee, Clay, Collin, Comal, Cooke, Denton, Dewitt, Eastland, Edwards, Ellis, Fannin, Fayette, Gaines, Garza, Gillespie, Grayson, Grimes, Guadalupe, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Hood, Houston, Jasper, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Lamar, Leon, Liberty, Lynn, Madison, Milam, Montague, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Parker, Real, Red River, Refugio, Rusk, Sabine, San Jacinto, Smith, Travis, Tyler, Uvalde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Wharton, Wichita, Williamson, Wilson, Wise and Zavala.

The following resources are involved in the state’s continued response to this weather event:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS): Assisting with reconnaissance, search and rescue efforts, and providing personnel and resources as needed.
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD): Conducting search and rescue missions during flash flooding/water incidents in affected areas.
  • Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS): DSHS have mobilized resources, equipment and personnel to provide medical assistance as needed. 
  • Texas Military Forces (TMF): TMF has deployed aircraft and high-profile vehicles, and continues providing assistance with search and rescue missions as needed.
  • Texas Task Force 1 (TTF1): Air and boat rescue squads have been deployed for search and rescue missions as needed.
  • Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ): Continues to monitor dams and river levels in the affected areas.
  • Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT): Crews have deployed resources to address flooding conditions and debris cleanup impacting roadways.
  • Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC): Personnel continue to work with utility companies to resolve power/utility issues.
  • Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA): Assisting communities to apply for funds administered by TDA that will help with storm cleanup and rebuilding.
  • Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD): Organizations continue to provide shelter and other mass care needs as requested.

Additional partners and resources include: Texas A&M Forest Service; Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service; Civil Air Patrol; Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs; Texas Department of Criminal Justice; Texas General Land Office; Texas Health and Human Services Commission; Texas Department of Insurance; Railroad Commission of Texas; Texas Education Agency; Department of Aging and Disability Services; Department of Family and Protective Services; Texas Workforce Commission; Texas Animal Health Commission; Texas 2-1-1; and Texas Department of Information Resources.



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<![CDATA[Anheuser-Busch Sends Canned Water to Texas, Okla.]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:57:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-463244716.jpg

An Anheuser Busch plant in northwest Georgia has started canning water instead of beer to help flood victims in Texas and Oklahoma.

Multiple media outlets report the Cartersville plant halted its beer production to produce 50,000 cans of water to distribute to the flooded areas by this weekend.

Cartersville brewery manager Rob Haas told NBC News the brewery has participated in similar initiatives in the past, including during the Northeast's recovery from Superstorm Sandy.

The brewery even has a special white can that it uses for the water.



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<![CDATA[Chooper 5: I-30 and Loop 12]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:45:33 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-29-10h56m30s240.jpg Chopper 5 shows the massive traffic back up after flooding shut Loop 12 at I-30 in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Rain Fills White Rock Lake]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 11:40:12 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/White_Rock_Lake_052915_1200x675_453998659741.jpg Chopper 5 shows a rain swollen White Rock Lake in Dallas.]]> <![CDATA[Chopper 5 Surveys Trinity River]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 13:47:19 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Chopper_5_Trinity_1200x675_453999171778.jpg Chopper 5 shows how swollen the Trinity River is in Dallas Friday morning after Thursday night's record breaking rain.]]> <![CDATA[City of Dallas 10 A.M. Flooding Update]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 10:52:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CGLiGLYUsAEx18R.jpg

The following is a news release from the City of Dallas.

The City of Dallas Emergency Operations Center remains at a Level 3 (Monitoring Status) and is assisting in the coordination of response by multiple city departments to the flooding that happened overnight in Dallas.

The City of Dallas received about 6.8 inches of rain in Northeast Dallas overnight. The lowest rain total in the city was 1.5 inches in far South Dallas.

In the overnight hours and into early morning, both the Dallas Police Department and Dallas Fire-Rescue Department conducted numerous rescues of stranded drivers in the city. We have no casualties or major damage to property to report at this time.

The 3-1-1 Center and the Department of Streets Services continue to field calls of high water from citizens and are working to ensure that flooded roadways are barricaded to ensure the safety of drivers.

We continue to be in close contact with the National Weather Service, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the Trinity Watershed Management Department to prepare for any impacts or river flooding as a result of this recent rainfall.

A Flood Warning remains in effect for both the Trinity River and White Rock Creek, however, our Flood Control system continues to operate as designed to protect citizens from flood waters.

The city has Flooded Roadway warning signs activated at the following locations:

  • Hatcher, 4700
  • Illinois at Linfield
  • Sargent at Southerland
  • Simpson Stuart at I-45
  • California Crossing at Luna
  • Goodnight at Walnut Hill
  • Inwood, 9800 at Park
  • Luna at Y
  • Tantor at X
  • Wildwood at California Crossing
  • Goforth at Lanshire
  • Merriman Pkwy, 7400
  • West Lawther at Northwest Hwy
  • Peavy at Dixon Branch
  • White Rock Trail, 9200
  • Lake Highlands, 9500
  • Park Central at LBJ

The following streets are closed:

  • Elsie F Higgins & Junction
  • 4400 to 4600 Elsie F Higgens
  • Elsie F Higgins & Bruton
  • 800 Plymouth
  • Good Latimer; between Swiss & Live Oak
  • W Lawther, between Go Forth and NW Hwy
  • 4100 E Overton
  • Go Forth and W Lawther

Barricades en route to set up at the following locations:

 

  • N W Highway at Buckner, RH lanes on both sides
  • Duran at N W highway
  • Mockingbird and Lawther

Water department vehicles are en route to tow DFR firetruck. Wreckers are also en route to tow two DPD squad cars stranded due to high water. A number of traffic signals are flashing.

The City of Dallas continues to stress to people to not drive into water on roadways, or to drive around barricaded roadways. These barricades are put in place to protect lives and property from dangerous flooding.



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<![CDATA[Eagle Mountain Lake, Lake Bridgeport Closed to Boat Traffic]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 10:43:06 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/eagle+mtn+.jpg

The Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) says Friday that it has closed Eagle Mountain Lake and Lake Bridgeport to recreational activities, including boat traffic, until further notice.

The closures are a result of inflows created by heavy rainfall in recent days. Wakes created by boaters could potentially flood low-lying homes at both reservoirs.

In addition, rising lake levels and debris could create hazardous conditions for other recreational activities.

TRWD’s staff has been monitoring conditions 24-hours a day since May 11, and will continue to do so until conditions improve. The latest information on the district’s lakes can be found at www.trwd.com/lake-level-blog.



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<![CDATA[Record Rains Flood North Texas]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 12:34:02 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CGL0LWiUgAA0d32.jpg NBC 5 news crews and NBC 5 viewers shared photos of flooding after record rainfall Friday, May 29, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Flooding Concerns for Homeowners Near Lake]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 09:51:50 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/chopper_lake_lewisville_1200x675_453524547602.jpg

Homeowners are watching high lake levels continue to rise.

At Lewisville Lake water is covering people’s back yards and homeowners are watching closely as it inches toward homes.

Currently, the elevation at Lewisville Lake sits at 534.39 feet, which is two feet over its flood pool. Water is currently flowing over the spillway, but the flood gates remain closed.

Sharon Battles lives off the lake in Little Elm, and her backyard is underwater. A jet ski is now floating inside her fence, and a boat she says has been dry docked nearby for seven years is now floating.

“At first it was...you enjoy it, you’re going, 'Oh look, we have water in the lake,' then it covered the dock, 'Oh, I think it’s going up more,' and then it’s, 'Oh, I think it’s coming into my yard,' and you send pictures to your friends and then jet ski was banging on the fence line, so I brought the jet ski in the yard and then I started getting scared,” Battles said.

The water is still feet from her house, which is built just behind the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers easement line at 537 feet.

“Current elevations is 534.38,” said Army Corps of Engineers Lake Manager Rob Jordan. “It only came up about an inch over the last 24 hours [but] as the lake continues to rise, there may be some private property owners that will have water on their property. But the Corps of Engineers does manage up to the 537 line and we control what is built below that 537 line, so we do manage it up to that contour, and at this point, we don’t expect the lake to get that high due to the current forecast models, but if it does we are monitoring it 24/7.”

At its highest point in history, Lewisville lake reached just below the 537 mark at 536.73 on May 4, 1990.

The Corps of Engineers says there are numerous flood control lakes, including Lewisville, which are designed to protect the Trinity River Basin from extreme flooding, and they are working right now as designed. Until the Trinity River falls below a flow of 13,000 cubic feet per second at the Commerce Street gauge, representatives at the Corps of Engineers say they don’t want to open the flood gates at Lewisville.

Water is currently being released at Lake Ray Roberts, and going over the spillway at Lewisville.

“We lowered the flood gates at Ray Roberts and decreased flow there, releasing 4,000 cubic feet per second, and we have 6,600 cubic feet per second going over the spillway at Lewisville, and these two lakes work together as a system,” Jordan said. “We can hold back at certain lakes and release from other and visa versa. We have hydrologists monitoring 400 gauges and making decisions on where it’s safe to release and when they can do so.”

If the lake levels at Lewisville continue to rise and how fast depends on how much rain we get and where it falls, according to Jordan.

And, homeowners like Battles are anxiously waiting and watching, as well.

"It’s getting better, but then we’re having another rain tonight, which mother nature, we can’t stop mother nature, but I’m extremely concerned,” Battles said.

Other homeowners along the lake tell NBC 5 they aren’t as concerned about water getting into their homes, but they’re wondering how much of a mess will be left in their yards when the water recedes.

The Corps of Engineers is also easing fears about waters rising close to major roadways like the U.S. 380 bridge and the Interstate 35E bridge.

Jordan said the water levels would have to raise much higher to put those roadways at risk.

“We’re not worried about water going over the bridges at this point,” said Jordan. “Most of those are built well above that 100 year flood line which is the 537 contour.

NBC 5's Brian Scott contributed to this report.


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<![CDATA[N. Texas Could See More Flooding ]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 06:05:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/storm+image+latest.jpg

Forecasters warned that yet another series of thunderstorms was set to pummel North and Central Texas early Saturday morning, a day after flood waters submerged Texas highways and threatened homes across the already storm-damaged state.

A squall line stalled over Dallas overnight Thursday, dropping record-setting rainfall and triggering a Flash Flood Emergency in North Texas. The most recent rain added to the damage inflicted by thunderstorms that have killed at least 23 people statewide, including two overnight in North Texas, and left 13 missing.

The rain seeped into homes and stranded hundreds of drivers across the Metroplex, many of whom lingered along Dallas' Loop 12 for six hours Friday morning after being gridlocked by high water and abandoned vehicles.

Overnight, Dallas Fire-Rescue crews responded to more than 270 calls that included trapped vehicles and crashes, authorities said.

The Colorado River could crest in Wharton Saturday, causing major flooding in the community 60 miles southwest of Houston, forecasters said.

President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration amid the severe weather, offering federal funding to affected people in Harris, Hays and Van Zandt counties, the White House said in a statement early Saturday. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott had earlier requested a presidential disaster declaration to get federal help for affected counties.

Two Dead in Overnight Flooding

Mesquite Fire Department Capt. Kelly Turner said a man's body was found early Friday morning after his truck had been swept into a culvert and submerged.

The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office identified the flood victim as 47-year-old John Jeffrey Usfrey.

Turner said people stranded on two cars that were also swept off the road told responders about the truck. He said the truck had been underwater for some time before they found it, and that authorities believe the man, whose name has not been released, was alone in the vehicle.

In Dallas, police said Friday afternoon the body of a man was found near California Crossing and Northwest Highway as flood waters receded. Police did not release the man's identity, but did say he was not found in a vehicle.

Recent storms are being blamed for killing seven people in Oklahoma and at least 23 in Texas, where 13 remain missing or unaccounted for.

Rainfall Sets New Record

Thursday's storm, which dropped nearly five inches of rain overnight at Dallas Love Field and more than two inches elsewhere around the Metroplex, helped set a record for the wettest May in Dallas-Fort Worth history.

The previous record for May rainfall was set in 1982 at 13.66 inches and was eclipsed at midnight when 13.87 inches had been recorded for the month. By 8 a.m., the total rose to 16.07 inches; 8.62 inches received in the last week alone.

According to The National Weather Service in Fort Worth, those 16 inches of rainfall amount to more than 35 trillion gallons of rain. 

The wettest month ever recorded in North Texas goes all the way back to April 1922 where 17.64 inches were recorded.  With more rain expected Friday night and into Saturday, shattering that record remains a possibility.

Dallas County

Flooding has blocked a busy highway west of Downtown Dallas, causing major traffic delays in both directions.

Overnight rain caused water to pool on Loop 12, under the Interstate 30 overpass Friday morning, trapping commuters for several hours. Some of the drivers said they had been there since 5 or 6 a.m.

Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Tony Hartzel said a crane was brought in after 11 a.m. to remove a section of median so that motorists trapped in the southbound lanes could get off the roadway. The northbound lane had already been cleared.

He said the southbound lanes were more challenging because streets where people could have exited were flooded as well. He said they think that the area where the road usually drains to flooded as well, so there was nowhere for the water to go.

At 10:20 a.m., Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans said they had received more than 270 calls for help, most of which were for cars stranded in high water.  Evans added there were about 70 crashes reported.

"Obviously 'turn around don’t drown' is the phrase of the day," Evans said in a news release. "In addition to turning around, we would encourage drivers to map out at least two alternate routes to where they’re going, that way they don’t feel pressured to put themselves at risk. Better to be late to something than to put yourself in a situation where you just don’t get there at all."

Evans also reminded drivers that if they see an emergency vehicle blocking a roadway, it's there for a reason and to not drive around it.

"While not seeing a warning sign, for high water, can be understood; what’s inexcusable is drivers who drive around emergency and service vehicles to drive into the same high waters from which we are rescuing people," Evans said.

An NBC 5 photographer captured video of a driver maneuvering around a police cruiser beneath an overpass on Northwest Highway early Friday and heading directly into high water.

Rescue crews used a raft to help that driver to safety after the SUV gave way to the water.

"We have a sincere plea with our drivers. If you see a barricade or a sign, please do not try to drive through that area," said Sana Syed, City of Dallas spokesperson.

Tarik Hawkins told NBC News he was became stranded while trying to drive to work. He said it took him two hours to drive about a mile and described the situation on the road as "very chaotic."

"Right off I-35, there has to be 50 or 60 cars stranded," he said.

Israel Ramos, a 32-year-old tower inspector, said there was three inches of water inside his home and the street outside resembled "a river." He told NBC News that his neighbor called police when he saw an SUV floating down the street with a person inside.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the Tony Shotwell Life Center in Grand Prairie, according to spokeswoman Anita Foster. Supplies should arrive at the center at about 8 a.m.

Tarrant County

Arlington police said they blocked East Abram Street near Texas 360 because of major flooding over the roadway.

Authorities also received high-water calls on Interstate 30 near Oakland Boulevard and University Drive, 7200 Wichita Street and Trinity Boulevard near Precinct Line Road.

An NBC 5 viewer reported that Walnut Creek in Mansfield is swollen and pushing toward residential areas. Nearby Oliver Nature Park is also reportedly under water and closed.

Johnson County

Officials have evacuated or rescued about 19 people, according to Johnson County Emergency Management Coordinator Jamie Moore, but many more could be trapped in their homes.

"This is our fourth major flooding since April 26," he said. "We're doing rescues and having homes that are inundated with water."

About 45 roads are closed in the county due to flooding.

Parker County

Authorities said the Brazos River in Parker County is rising again due to new rain and the opening of two flood gates upstream at Possum Kingdom Lake.

County emergency management spokesman Joel Kertok said Friday that the river had risen above flood stage again after dropping below it Thursday night.

On Thursday, water was lapping at the foundations of 11 homes as the river crested at 23.58 feet before dropping to about 20 feet. The flood stage is at 21 feet. The level rose Friday to 21.4 feet and was expected to rise to nearly 27 feet Saturday.

Residents of about 250 homes near the river, most in the Horseshoe Bend community, were asked to voluntarily evacuate.

"The river is already above flood stage and will continue to rise through today and tomorrow," county emergency management coordinator George Teague said. "This situation will get worse before it gets better."

Flights Impacted

As of 10 a.m., officials reported that 44 flights into Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled; 56 arrivals were delayed. Thirteen flights departing from the airport were canceled and 52 more delayed.

One of D/FW Airport's runways closed temporarily after a storm drain crews were repairing to address a nearby sinkhole collapsed. Officials said they expect the closure to have minimal impact on flights.

Nineteen flights departing from Dallas Love Field were delayed and 19 more canceled. Eighteen flights into the airport were delayed and 18 more canceled.

Dallas Love Field also experienced a power outage caused by a surge overnight, according to airport official Jose Torres. Power has since been restored.


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<![CDATA[Creatures Displaced After Recent Rain]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 12:35:28 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Creatures-Gallery-052815.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of snakes and other creatures seeking higher ground after all of the recent rain in North Texas, and some creatures aren't supposed to be where they are.]]> <![CDATA[Your Lightning Photos - May 27, 2015]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 13:18:11 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/a64d2878b4db470397fbce9ec3125c5a.JPG.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared photos of lightning taken on May 27, 2015.

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<![CDATA[Parker County Urges Evacuations Along Brazos]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 09:51:01 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/parker-county-judge-mark-riley.jpg

Parker County officials are asking residents in flood prone areas near the Brazos River to voluntarily evacuate before the river crests Thursday.

Judge Mark Riley and Emergency Management Coordinator George Teague said in a news conference Wednesday afternoon they were asking all residents in the southern Parker County neighborhoods of Mountain River/Soda Springs, Horseshoe Bend, Hillbilly Haven and Lazy Bend Estates to evacuate by 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Officials estimated as many as 350 homes might be be affected. As of 7 a.m. Thursday, officials said no homes had flooded.

"We want to emphasize again the fact that people need to go ahead and evacuate those flood prone areas along the river," Riley said Wednesday night. "Back in '07 we had people that refused to leave and our emergency services personnel ended up going out ... trying to rescue somebody on top of a house who refused to leave ... we destroyed a $7,000 boat in the process. They need to be sensitive to the lives of our emergency personnel."

Due to rain and water being released from Possum Kingdom Lake, officials said the river is expected to crest Thursday afternoon at about 23.6 feet. The river's record high is 31 feet, officials said. In 2007 it hit 27 feet.

"The problem is, of course, as the river rises it gets wider. It may quadruple the width with only 10 foot in height," Teague said.

Teague added that the river level will be dependent upon how much rain falls Wednesday into Thursday.

Riley said he's already signed a disaster declaration and will sign a voluntary evacuation order later in the day to emphasize how serious the flooding may be.

County officials have staged equipment and manpower around the county to prepare and assist those who need help relocating. Roads will be barricaded as needed and Riley said they will pull emergency personnel at about 8 p.m., further enhancing the need to get out ahead of the 8 p.m. deadline.

"I do not want to risk firefighters' lives for someone who did not use good judgment. They were told 12 hours in advance to get out," said Teague.

School buses left with some residents Wednesday evening before utility crews were forced to shut off power to homes nearest the water.

"As the water rises, and it gets into electrical boxes, they shut it down. Tri-County shuts down the electricity on those grids," said Parker County firefighter Rick Brown.

While it is the hope of county officials that residents will leave with their domestic and livestock animals, they are prepared to help move and house those animals as needed. The city of Weatherford will assist Parker County Animal Control with adoption trailers and removing animals, according to Karen Kessler, Parker County Animal Control.

County officials are asking residents to only call 911 for life-threatening issues. For all other questions, including evacuation routes, domestic and livestock evacuations, please call 817-594-3213.



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<![CDATA[Flooding at Joe Pool Lake Causing Big Problems]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 19:36:30 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/joe+pool+lake+flooding.jpg

Flooding is causing serious problems at Joe Pool Lake, where water is 12 and a half feet above normal levels.

“We stay in constant contact with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers,” said Grand Prairie Parks Manager Duane Strawn. “They are always letting us know where the levels are coming.”

Strawn said two of the parks on Joe Pool Lake are closed due to flood waters.

He encourages the public to stay away from the lake and parks until the flood waters go down.

“There’s a lot of slip and fall hazards,” explained Strawn. “There is a lot of stuff under water that’s not normally there. It’s good to look, but you got to be careful and not get too close.”

Along with parks being closed, the flooding at Joe Pool Lake is also bad for business.

“It has us shut down,” said Lynn Creek Marina owner Don Walker. “The lake is closed, the marina, restaurant, everything is closed.”

Walker says in the 25 years he has owned this business he has never seen it this high.

“This is really the beginning of our season,” said Walker. “Memorial Day, and of course we were closed, so that’s a huge impact on us.”

Everyone who enjoys this lake are praying the flood waters go down soon.

“We are at about spill way level right now,” said Walker, “About two or three feet more and the water will be going over the spill way. It can get any higher than that.”

NBC 5 is teaming up with the Red Cross and Kroger to assist Texans affected by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding.

People can go to any Kroger in DFW and drop lose change into coin boxes that are located at every checkout stand.

The money goes directly to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.

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<![CDATA[Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Much of North Texas]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 23:28:42 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NBC-5-Weather-Experts-Full.jpg

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the following North Texas counties until 5 a.m.: Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Hamilton, Henderson, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.

Heavy rain and frequent lightning has continued for much of the region into the night, and several flash flood advisories were issued, including warnings for Tarrant and Dallas counties until midnight.

Lightning may have been the cause of a house fire Tuesday night in Southlake. Fire crews were called about 9 p.m. the home on North Peytonville Avenue, where the fire apparently began in the attic.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire, officials said, and fire investigators will work to determine the cause.


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<![CDATA[Dog Days of Summer 2015 - Gallery I]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 18:58:47 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DD-Thumb-052615.gif NBC 5 viewers share photos of their pets staying cool during Texas summer.]]> <![CDATA[Record Rains Spawn Epic Floods in Texas]]> Thu, 28 May 2015 18:13:07 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-474878808.jpg The governor declared states of emergency across Texas after record rains spawned epic floods.

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<![CDATA[Firefighters Rescue Woman Who Drove Around Barricades]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 09:03:44 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Car-in-Water-052515.jpg

Grand Prairie firefighters had to rescue a woman who they say drove around barricades and into high water.

Firefighters said the woman drove her white Honda around barricades at Riverside Parkway and Texas 360 that closed off a flooded road on each side.

When her car got stuck in the high water, firefighters had to go in and rescue her.

Firefighters said they were able to walk her out of the water, but her car was still in the water.

Police and firefighters urge drivers to never drive around barricades and never drive through water on roadways because there's no way to know how deep it is or if the road itself has been washed away.

The National Weather Service said you can lose control of your car in just six inches of water.

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<![CDATA[Viewer Videos - May 25 Storms]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:11:09 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/058bc354-971d-402f-8a44-e35af19ad9a8.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared photos of the storms as they rolled through North Texas on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2015.

Storm Time Lapse - Downtown Dallas

Severe Weather in Ennis

Lewisville Lake spillway - Full Flow

Storm in McClendon Chisolm

Rain in Arlington

A Lot of Rain

Little Elm

Storm Moving NW Parker County

Trinity River

Just Before the Storm

Weather at East Side of Granbury

Severe Thunderstorm in Azle Tx

Lewisville Lake Spillway Starting to spill

Hulen and Granbury

Heavy Rain

In Crowley, TX

Rain in Fort Worth

Gust Front in Southlake, TX

Funnel and Wind

Plano Clouds

This Was the Rain in Fort Worth

Storms Arrive in Heath, Rockwall County

Weather in Mansfield TX

Midlothian Wind

Mansfield Winds

Storm in Tarrant County

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<![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - May 25, 2015]]> Tue, 26 May 2015 14:11:39 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/33924f40cca9482aa88084380f12c946.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared storm photos from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015.

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<![CDATA[DeSoto Teen, Dog, Found Dead in Storm Drain]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 23:12:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police-line-generic722.jpg

A DeSoto boy who went missing Sunday afternoon has been found deceased in a storm drain.

Damien Blade, 14, was last seen at about 4 p.m. with his two dogs. When one of his dogs returned home wet and extremely muddy, his family called police.

Officers searched throughout the night, but were unable to find the teenager.

Blade was known to like to explore area culverts and storm drains. On Monday morning, with the assistance of a rescue team and a K-9 unit, the boy and his dog were found deceased inside a strom drain near the 800 block of Terrace Drive.

Police said it is believed that Blade drowned, but his official cause of death will be determined by the medical examiner.

The investigation into his death is ongoing.



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<![CDATA[Abbott Adds 24 Counties to Disaster List]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 11:20:10 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/abbott-statement.jpg

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster in an additional 24 Texas counties Monday, due to recent damage from thunderstorms, tornadoes and flooding.

The governor was expected to visit Wichita Falls and Wimberley Monday, to survey the areas hardest hit by recent storms. After which, at about 10:30 a.m., the governor is expected to speak. Video of that statement will appear in the player at the top of the page.

Earlier Monday, Abbott today declared a state of disaster in an additional 24 Texas counties: Archer, Bastrop, Caldwell, Cass, Collin, Dewitt, Fannin, Grayson, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hill, Houston, Kendall, Jasper, Johnson, Newton, Nueces, Parker, San Jacinto, Walker, Wichita and Wilson counties, authorizing further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities. Additional counties may be added to the declaration as the situation develops.

“The State of Texas has taken brisk action in dispatching all available resources to aid those affected by this severe weather system, and I strongly urge all Texans to exercise every possible precaution to ensure their safety and the safety of their families and neighbors,” Abbott said in a prepared statement released Monday morning. “My thoughts and prayers are with all the communities that are suffering as a result of this weather disaster, and I am grateful for the first responders who have worked tirelessly to provide shelter, care and resources to all impacted areas.”

On May 11, Abbott declared a state of disaster in Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. On May 15, he added Cooke, Grimes, Hood, Navarro, Smith and Wise counties.

The Governor’s declaration follows an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC) to enable rapid deployment of state resources announced on Friday, May 4.

Current forecasts indicate the continuation of possible severe thunderstorms, large hail, damaging winds, flash flooding, river flooding and tornadoes across the state throughout the week.

At this time, any additional rainfall will exacerbate already saturated grounds, which could quickly lead to dangerous flash flooding and extended river flooding. The State Operations Center – in coordination with the Texas Emergency Management Council – remains at an elevated activation level and is continuing to monitor weather conditions and coordinate with the National Weather Service.



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<![CDATA[Two Tornadoes Strike Dallas County Sunday: NWS]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 04:42:13 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado-lede.jpg

Two small EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Dallas County early Sunday morning , according to The National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

No one was injured or killed in either tornado.

Irving

An EF-1 tornado touched down at 2:34 a.m. in Irving just north of a golf course in Las Colinas. The tornado, with 105-110 mph winds, was one mile in length and 300 yards wide.

Many trees, power lines and buildings were damaged along North MacArthur Boulevard between Corporate Drive and West Walnut Hill Lane.

This twister dissipated at 2:36 a.m.

Farmers Branch

An EF-1 twister with 100-105 mph winds was five miles in length and 200 yards wide in Farmers Branch.

The tornado touched down at 2:34 a.m. in Dallas near the intersection of Walnut Hill and Marsh. Meteorologists said it crossed over I-635 LBJ Freeway at Josey Lane where it damaged the roof of an apartment complex.

In Farmers Branch, it damaged the roofs of warehouse buildings near Interstate 35E and Valwood Parkway before dissipating at about 2:39 a.m.

Dawna Debter wasn’t home when the storm hit, but she told NBC 5 she and her husband rushed to their house when their neighbor called to tell them a tree crashed into their home in Northwest Dallas.

“We had just kind of been praying the whole way down here like, 'OK, God, just give us strength for whatever is here we don’t know,'" Debter said. "As we were coming down the street, we couldn’t see the house but it looked bad, but you couldn’t tell how bad until we got inside."

Debter said they were nearing completion of repairs on their home that forced them to stay in a hotel since early March. Now, she’s not sure if they’ll be forced to stay away longer after her neighbors tree split in half and went through her roof leaving a gaping hole.

“Shocking to come back to you know,” Debter said. "It’s just a house; we weren’t there, which I’m very grateful because that would have been very petrifying to have been in it when the roof was coming down.”

Two streets away, Peggie Chiles and her husband spent the day with their family who came to help clean up. Chiles said they lost two trees and are thankful there wasn’t more damage. She was home when the storm moved through just after 2:30 a.m.

“We heard a whoosh and we could feel the house go out and feel the house go in, and then we lost electricity so we got up started looking around and could not see the front of the house,” Chiles said.

An office building and a business just off Forest Lane near Josey also appeared to be damaged by the storm.



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<![CDATA[Your Storm Photos - May 24, 2015]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 12:18:49 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/flood+pic+052415.jpg NBC 5 viewers share photos after storms blow through North Texas early Sunday, May 24, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[2 Men Rescued at California Crossing Road ]]> Sun, 24 May 2015 18:37:58 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/California+Crossing+Rescue+052415.jpg

Flood waters rose quickly on California Crossing Road on the Irving-Dallas border early Sunday, stranding two men who tried to cross the road in their SUV.

"All of a sudden we went from four inches of water to four and a half feet of water," said flood victim Wade Carson.

Carson said after their SUV stalled his first thought was to call his mother.

"Wade tried to tell me where he was, but I was like, 'I think you need to call 911 because I can’t get you out of the water'," said Carson’s mother, Judy Jones.

When the water started pushing the truck off the road both men got out to try to find higher ground.

"We went totally under water," said Carson. "It was very traumatic. We were fighting the current. We thought we were tough. We were no match for that."

Carson said they were in the water for 42 minutes until help arrived. He said the current was so strong it pulled his shoes off.

Both men thought they were going to die.

"We actually held on to five roots of trees that were under water," said Carson. "Some of them pulled out. He actually grabbed my arms and I grabbed his feet. We were a team. We stuck together like you have never seen people stuck together. It was two people at survival mode at its best."

Rescue crews said a motorist saw the men go under and called 911. They used two boats to go save the men.

"I am so grateful to the team that pulled us out of the water," said Carson. "They saved our lives today and it’s a very wonderful thing."

California Crossing Road is now closed to all traffic.



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<![CDATA[DallasNews com May 23, 2015 PM Forecast]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 20:09:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Weather+Experts+1200x675.png A Tornado Watch has been issued for Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin, Grayson, Jack, Montague, Wise and Young counties until Sunday 2:00 a.m. Heavy rain and storms can be expected over the weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Preps for Possible Flooding ]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:39:03 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/trinity_river_chopper_monday_1200x675_447318083574.jpg

Another weekend forecast for rain caused Dallas city leaders to hold a meeting at the Emergency Operations Center late Monday afternoon.

Officials tell NBC 5 they are not expecting any major flooding, but just want to be sure everybody is on the same page.

The Trinity River is at the highest level it has been at in years.

But changes to the levees and the city’s pump system have kept water out of the communities, especially those in West Dallas.

Rocky Vaz, the Director of Emergency Management, says they have identified areas west of the Trinity that are at the highest risk for flooding, and have an evacuation plan, if needed.

“We know where they are. We have plans. We know we will have eight to 12 hours before there is any flooding. We will have that much notice to knock on doors if we need to,” Vaz said.

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<![CDATA[Boaters Ready to Get on Lakes Despite Warnings]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 18:02:59 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-000231.jpg

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is urging people to stay off North Texas lakes.

Despite the warning, boaters are anxious to enjoy a full Lake Ray Hubbard.

The lake now sits at 435.6 feet.

“It’s good for business, good for everyone,” said boater Scott Craig.

Until a few weeks ago, water was so low, boaters could not dock at Rockwall’s Harbor point, threatening lakeside businesses.

“There were too many areas were you could just run aground and hit stumps,” said Craig. “It was dangerous.”

Unlike other area lakes which are experiencing problems with flooding, Lake Ray Hubbard’s parks, marinas and boat docks are open.

Fishermen said the fish are biting.

“It’s a lot better now that the water is up,” said Josh Nuziard. “I get to brag about my fish more. There’s more people out here to see me catch the big ones.”

Even with severe storms and rain in the holiday weekend forecast, boaters were flocking to the lake on Friday.

“It’s summer. It’s fun. It’s the lake scene,” said Craig. “We’ll see if the clouds and storms hold off. We’re hoping for the best.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said they are advising people to think about safety.

Recent floods have washed debris into the lakes and people should not be on the water with severe storms and torrential rains in the forecast.
 



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<![CDATA[High Water Closes Many Boat Ramps ]]> Sat, 23 May 2015 12:33:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/lake-levels-051415.jpg

For boaters in North Texas, the recent rains is too much of a good thing. Many boat ramps and recreation areas at local lakes will be closed this Memorial Day weekend.

As of Friday at 3:00 p.m. here the following conditions according to the US Army Corps of Engineers website:

Bardwell Lake: the boat ramps at Mott Park and Mustang are CLOSED. The boat ramp at Waxahachie Creek Park is OPEN but the horse trail and equestrian sites and Black Forest sites are CLOSED.

Benbrook Lake: one ramp at South Holiday and all boatramps at Mustang Park and Rocky Creek are OPEN. The swim beach at Mustang Park is CLOSED. For the status of the Benbrook Marina, call 817.249.1173.

Cleburne State Park Lake: We checked on Friday afternoon and the one single-lane boat ramp is OPEN.

Eagle Mountain Lake: Click on this sentence for a link to privately operated boat ramps.

Grapevine Lake: Murrell Park is OPEN. However all boat ramps are CLOSED.

Joe Pool Lake: Lynn Creek Park is CLOSED. Several sites in Loyd Park and Cedar Hill State Park are CLOSED.

Lake Arlington: We checked Friday and boat ramps at Richard Simpson Park and Bowman Springs Park are OPEN.

Lake Bridgeport: Click on this sentence for a link to privately operated boat ramps.

Lake Granbury: We checked Friday afternoon and all boat ramps are OPEN.

Lake Ray Hubbard: Click on this sentence for a link to privately operated boat ramps.

Lake Tawakoni: Click on this sentence for a link to privately operated boat ramps.

Lake Texoma: Click on this sentence for a link to privately operated boat ramps.

Lake Worth: The City of Fort Worth CLOSED the boat ramps on the evening of May 21, 2015.

Lavon Lake: There are OPEN boat ramps at  Bratonia Park, Lavonia Park (South), Twin Groves Park, Clearlake Park (North) and Elm Creek Park. 

The following are CLOSED: East Fork Mark marina boat ramp, Lavonia Park (North), Clearlake Park (South), Mallard Park, Ticky Creek Park, Avalon Park, Lakeland Park, Pebble Beach Park, Caddo Park and Highland Park. For more information, call 972.442.3141.

Lewisville Lake: High water has CLOSED the Doe Branch Access and Big Sandy Access boat ramps. The Hickory Creek Park campground and Westlake/Oakland Parks day use areas are also CLOSED due to flooding.

Marine Creek Lake:  We checked Friday afternoon and all boat ramps are OPEN.

Ray Roberts Lake: All parks CLOSED due to high water.

Richland Chambers Reservoir: We checked Friday afternoon and all boat ramps are OPEN.

White Rock Lake: No information at deadline. Call the City of Dallas at 214.670.8281 for information.

Whitney Lake: the following boat ramps are CLOSED: Walling Bend State Side, Cedron Creek, Plowman Creek, Cedar Creek, East Lofers, Steele Creek and Kimball bend.



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<![CDATA[Weather Expected to Affect Memorial Day Outdoor Plans]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 12:31:54 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Grapevine-Lake-Boat-Docks--.jpg

More rain in the forecast means a soggy Memorial Day weekend that could lead to flash flooding again in North Texas. The National Weather Service has issues a Flash Flood Watch in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening.

NBC 5 Meteorologists say as much as 6 inches of rain is possible and rain continues to be in the forecast for part of North Texas for the next week, too.

Weather service forecaster Matt Stalley in Fort Worth, Texas, said people camping or on the waterways should take extra care.

"There's quite a bit of danger now with the current situation. There's a lot of river and lake closures because of all the debris that's in the water that gets picked up by these floodwaters. There's additional threats for flash flooding for people that are out camping," Stalley said.

Stalley said the area west of the Interstate 35 corridor is expected to receive the heaviest rainfall amounts.

"We're looking at storms that will produce heavy rain starting to increase in coverage on Saturday afternoon and evening. And that'll last through a good portion of Sunday as well," Stalley said.

Echoing NBC 5 Meteorologist Rick Mitchell's advice, Stalley encouraged anyone with plans to be outdoors during the weekend to have a way to get weather information, such as a weather radio.

"A lot of people overlook flooding as a weather threat, and it's actually the number-one leader in weather-related fatalities. So, it certainly can't be taken lightly."
 



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<![CDATA[Oasis Closed Because of Flooded Parking Lot]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:53:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/joe+pool+lake+flooding.jpg

Memorial Day weekend is one of the biggest weekends of the year at the Oasis restaurant at Joe Pool Lake. But this weekend, they are closed. The parking lot is completely flooded.

"Nothing I can do about it. I have to roll with it," said owner Larry Walker.

He and his staff will take a big hit. No tips for servers and the bands won't be playing.

"This is a $100,000 plus weekend," he added.

There are boats docked at the marina, so crews spent the day building a temporary walkway. It runs the length from the marina, to where the water ends. The boaters will be able to use that to get to their boats

"We bought the boat in October, put it out here. We had it out twice in May and you can't even get to it," said boat owner Steve Kuykendall.

Today, some boaters used a small boat in the parking lot to check on their boats.

"Boats are safe. The water will go down at some point. They are getting the bridge for us so hopefully some people will be able to salvage the weekend," said Stephen Lindsey of Mansfield.

Meanwhile, Walker is hoping to get his restaurant reopened soon. There is no date yet, he has to wait for the water in the lot to recede.

"All of the other lakes, they have gone down super low. We have never had a water issue here so water in the parking lot, we are going to have to live with it," he said.

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<![CDATA[Texas First Lady Surveys Van Tornado Damage]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 19:24:29 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cecilia-abbott-van.jpg

Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott traveled to Van on Wednesday to be briefed on tornado recovery efforts.

“I have to tell you when I drove up here, it’s overwhelming, the devastation,” said Abbott. “I cannot even imagine this being your community and to see the devastation.”

Abbott met with teachers and staff, and walked through Van Middle School, which sustained damage.

“While I am sad to see this, I am unbelievably happy and hopeful to see all that is going on here to move forward,” said Abbott

She talked about teachers and staff already being back at school.

Abbott added that she is amazed and inspired by the people of Van pulling together.

“It just to me shows the spirit of Texas. The spirit of Van,” said Abbott.

Throughout Van, volunteers are helping people, whose lives have been changed forever.

Brenda Westmoreland says the volunteers have been great. She has somebody’s else’s home in her yard, her own is damaged. But Westmoreland is not complaining, saying this has been a roller coaster of emotions.

“It’s overwhelming. One day it seems like everything is coming together. Then you look over there,” Westmoreland said.

Where houses once stood are now piles of debris. But in the debris, things like computers and dolls are reminders they were not just houses. They were homes.
 



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<![CDATA[Big Cat Sanctuary in Bridgeport Targeted by Storms]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:56:31 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Care-Leopard1.jpg

Severe storms and tornadoes that rocked Wise County Tuesday night also took aim at a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Bridgeport.

The Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) says the facility's more than 40 lions, tigers, leopards, mountain lions, lemurs, and llamas are safe and secure.

CARE Executive Director Heidi Krahn says the home of exotic animals in need suffered considerable damage including trees down inside and on top of buildings and enclosures.

Power is also out and that means the freezer where fresh meat to feed the big cats is stored has been destroyed.

CARE asked for the public's help to make sure the animals have food and to clear debris at the compound, and according to the group's Facebook page volunteers turned out and helped Wednesday.

CARE plans to update the efforts to recover from the storm via Facebook.

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<![CDATA[NTX Tornadoes: Best of Viewer Videoes]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:04:45 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tornado-image.jpg NBC 5 viewers shared videos of the storms that rolled through North Texas on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.]]> <![CDATA[Tornadoes Damage Homes, Change Lives in Runaway Bay]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:48:25 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RB-DAMAGE-SIZED.jpg

When you look at the damage in Runaway Bay, it's hard to imagine that no one was killed or even hurt badly.

The fire chief says about 24 to 30 homes or structures may have been damaged.

Fire Chief Brian Bernardo tells NBC DFW 24 to 30 structures were damaged. That's out of about 600 houses in the community.

Among the damaged homes are three condos that sit close to the lake.

Bernardo says the National Weather Service has told him the tornado was probably an EF-1 or EF-2.

Bernardo got the call that a tornado was on the ground at about 9:30 Tuesday night. On his way to the scene, the tornado spun his vehicle all the way around. He didn't see it. He didn't hear it roar. It was dark and raining hard. As he rolled up to the damaged condos, a huge piece of metal slammed right in front of his car.

At the condos, resident Richard Morgan was sitting in his hallway with a mattress over his head when the tornado hit. It ripped part of the roof off of his home.

Morgan joked, "We have got a tremendously large skylight." He paused. "It's a total loss in there." This was his vacation home. Morgan says he feels bad for his neighbors who live there full time.

Across the highway on the other side of the lake, NBC DFW met 76-year-old Carol Tanksley. She was in her home to when the tornado struck, ripping off part of the roof and side of the house. She says she remembers hearing the wind howling and her three dogs howling. Her dogs thought someone was trying to break into the home, but she knew better. It was the tornado. Her neighbors pulled her out to safety afterwards. Thursday, as she looked over the damage for the first time, she says she is lucky to be alive.

"I praised the Lord I was blessed. Especially when I saw the damage," Tanksley said.

Tanksley is fine and the dogs are okay, but one of them has a cut on its foot. The home looks like a total loss, but when we visited, the electricity was still on and if you listened carefully, you could hear the sound of jazz playing from somewhere deep inside the house.

Tanksley has no insurance and will stay with her son until she figures out what to do next.



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<![CDATA[Viewer Videos - May 19, 2015 Storms]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 17:08:15 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lenamon.jpg

NBC 5 viewers shared videos of the storms that rolled through North Texas on Tuesday, May 19, 2015.

Mineral Wells Tornado

Waxahachie Funnel

Tornado Waxahachie

Waxahachie Tornado 5/20/2015

Tornado in Waxahachie Video

Tornado Near Waxahachie

Tornado East of Waxahachie

Waxahachie Tornado

Funnel Formed

Storm in Jacksboro, Texas

Tornado Touch Down in Ennis, TX

Ellis County Funnel Cloud

Crowley, Texas

Wall Cloud

Another View of Wall


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<![CDATA[10 Tornadoes Touched Down in NTX on Tuesday]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 23:07:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/runawaybay-damage-05.jpg

The National Weather Service confirmed Wednesday that a total of 10 tornadoes touched down Tuesday across North Texas, including three EF-1 tornadoes and seven EF-0 tornadoes.

NWS survey teams said one tornado touched down in each Mineral Wells and Runaway Bay, both rated EF-1 on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

Tornadoes rated an EF-1 can have wind speeds up to 110 mph and cause moderate damage.

Four tornadoes occurred in Wise County, including an EF-1 near Balsora and another EF-1 east of Decatur.

Elsewhere, one tornado was reported in Waxahachie in Ellis County and another tornado occurred in Jack County, according to the National Weather Service.

Considerable damage appears to have been caused by the tornadoes with roofs ripped off, cars destroyed and homes moved from foundations and flattened.

Mineral Wells police reported Tuesday an abandoned bank building collapsed and the police headquarters was damaged after a tornado touched down there.

"It was huge, and it was just funneling down. And it went up two or three times and came down. But every time it came down, it seemed like it was just getting bigger," said Mineral Wells resident Tammie Matson, who witnessed the reported tornado.

Damage in Mineral Wells was so widespread the Texas Department of Public Safety advised people to avoid the downtown area due to downed power lines and other scattered debris.

Wise County volunteer firefighters reported damaged homes, debris and downed trees along Farm-to-Market Road 920 in Bridgeport -- where NWS crews confirmed the tornado touched down southeast of Runaway Bay.

A community of about 15 mobile homes was flattened and a number of cars were damaged beyond repair. One woman suffered a minor injury to her wrist while trying to escape her mobile home.

The American Red Cross opened a shelter at the First Baptist Church, 513 Port O Call Drive in nearby Runaway Bay, according to spokeswoman Anita Foster. The Red Cross is currently working on a disaster assessment plan.

NBC 5's Jeff Smith and Todd L. Davis contributed to this report. Check back and refresh this page for the latest update.



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<![CDATA[Chopper 5 Spots Shelf Cloud]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 12:01:36 -0500 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-20-11h30m14s86.jpg Chopper 5 spotted a massive shelf cloud Wednesday morning. Meteorologist Grant Johnston explains.]]>