Dallas area hit by 1-in-1,000-year flood; cars float in water-filled roads

Flash floods struck the Dallas-Fort Worth area overnight into Monday, with flooded roads requiring rescue efforts as images showed abandoned cars floating down inundated streets.

In some areas, the rainfall totals would be considered a 1-in-1,000-year flood.

Rain continues to fall in and around Dallas; some rainfall gauges in the area have recorded more than 10 inches thus far.

A record-breaking 3.01 inches of rain was also recorded in one hour at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. 

 The National Weather Service in Fort Worth warned of continued risk for “life-threatening flash flooding,” extending its flash flood warning in and around Dallas County until 10 a.m. Central time.

The risk of damage from the floods is “considerable,” it said, warning residents not to drive on flooded roads and to move immediately to higher ground.

Flash flood warnings have also been issued for Fort Worth and Canton, Tex.

In some isolated cases, the rainfall would qualify as a 1-in-1,000 interval flood. The downpour marked the latest such flood that has occurred over the past few weeks across the United States.