Interstate 45 Reopens After Flooding Near Corsicana

An eight-mile stretch of Interstate 45 in Navarro County between Dallas and Houston has reopened after floodwaters from heavy overnight storms in Central and North Texas receded.

Authorities say the highway was closed Monday morning south of Corsicana and north of Fairfield after the road was inundated by an overflowing Chambers Creek. The creek empties into the Chambers Richland Reservoir just east of the freeway and is prone to flooding.

Crews were working to pull cars stuck in the flood, the Navarro County Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet.

Video tweeted by the office showed traffic building on I-45. High water was reported overnight on I-45 between mile-markers 210 through 218.

The highway, which is about 50 miles south of Dallas, reopened shortly before noon Monday.

West and north of Corsicana, the same storm system late Sunday caused street flooding in Mexia, Hillsboro, Ennis and Waco. The National Weather Service said the 2.46 inches of rain in Waco on Sunday set a record for June 12. The previous mark was 2.46 inches in 1987.

Later Monday, a line of thunderstorms moved through North Texas, unleashing gusty winds of up to 50 mph and brief but heavy rains.

Oncor reports about 13,000 customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area were without power Monday, but service was restored to half within hours.

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