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Debris Contributes to Flooded Drains on Dallas Highways Wednesday

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High water was an issue in North Texas Wednesday morning. At one point, a portion of Interstate 30 was flooded due to a clogged drain in Downtown Dallas.

An overnight storm system brought heavy rain to North Texas overnight, and the downpours lasted in the DFW area through late morning.

NBC 5 Meteorologist Grant Johnston said between 1 and 2 inches of rain fell over the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex between 2 and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Tony Hartzel, a Texas Department of Transportation Dallas District spokesperson said the weather caused some challenges for crews. Specifically the Canyon, which is the split at I-30 and I-45. Debris caused drains to get clogged, causing the backlog of water. He said in this instance, it was trash.

"We were out there monitoring all the roadways and in this case there was a lot of storm water that pushed debris into the drains," Hartzel said. "We got out there as soon as we could to clear the inlets and get the drainage going again. It took us a little while, but we did get out there and took care it fairly quickly."

While looking at areas over Dallas flooded by Wednesday’s heavy rainfall, a broken, low ceiling made for some pretty cool shots of downtown Dallas and the surrounding area.

TxDOT cameras captured crews using shovels at I-35 and Inwood to clear drains.

MedStar said it responded to 42 different types of crashes between 3 a.m. and 10 a.m.

NBC 5's Sophia Beausoleil contributed to this report.

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