Flooding Possible Across North Texas Thursday and Friday

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    Crews across North Texas are on standby, preparing sandbags and barricades for possible flooding conditions this week. (Published Wednesday, Jul 16, 2014)

    Most of North Texas could see heavy rain and flooding over the next two days.

    The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch effective Thursday morning through Friday afternoon for the following counties: Bosque, Collin, Comanche, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Hill, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Kaufman, Lamar, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant, Van Zandt and Wise.

    Flood Warnings were issued for Denton and Wise County until Friday afternoon.

    According to the National Weather Service the concern in Denton County was Clear Creek near Sanger and Denton Creek near Justin, which was expected to rise above flood stage by Thursday night.

    In Wise County, Big Sandy Creek near Bridgeport was expected to rise above flood stage by Thursday evening.

    NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston called for heavy showers and thunderstorms that could cause flash flooding through Friday morning. Johnston said some areas may receive two to four inches of rain.

    The NWS called for two rounds of storms, the first round occurring Thursday, with a second round late Thursday night into Friday.

    Crews in Fort Worth are now on standby, preparing sandbags and barricades for possible flooding conditions.

    Earlier in the week, public works identified trouble spots that tend to flood, and workers unclogged several inlets to avoid flooding.

    And in neighborhoods near the trouble spots, folks are already preparing for what their commutes may look like Thursday.

    "Sometimes that will flood, and it will flood down here, and there's been one time where I had to wait 30 minutes for the flooding to go down, to get home," said resident Martha Jackson.

    Shawn Williams, spokesman for the City of Dallas, said the Office of Emergency Management, along with floodplain and streets departments, will monitor flooding and street conditions throughout the forecast rain event.

    The city maintains a Flooded Roadway Warning system that monitors known flooding locations throughout the city.

    In addition to the warning system, the city's public safety departments routinely check on known flooding areas during heavy rain events and will coordinate any roadway closures.

    Dallas residents are encouraged to report any flooded roadway conditions inside the city to 3-1-1.

    Most flood-related deaths and injuries could be avoided if people who come upon areas covered with water followed this simple advice: Turn Around Don't Drown.

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