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Storms, rain and flooding continue to plague North Texas

A strong wave of showers and thunderstorms again soaked North Texas early Sunday, also spawning a tornado in Irving, causing flooding and knocking out power.

Straight line winds also damaged a car wash in Grand Prairie.

Authorities say a firefighter for the city of Claremore, Okla., has died after being swept away by floodwaters while assisting in a water rescue from a house.

The heavy rains delayed Sunday morning’s start of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth by more three hours.

A damage survey team from the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth confirmed Sunday afternoon that an EF-1 tornado from morning storms caused damage in Irving.

With lake levels full and many creeks running over their banks, a flash flood warning was in effect until Sunday night for all of North Texas. In many counties rainfall totals were at two inches or more. At Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, the rainfall total was at 3.32 inches as of 8:30 a.m. and moisture was still coming down, according to the National Weather Service office in Fort Worth.

It marks the first time DFW has recorded 3 inches or more in a single day since 2012.

So far in May, the airport has reported 11.37 inches of rain, the fourth wettest May on record, according to the NWS. The record is 13.67 inches set in May 1982. This year, more than 25 inches have fallen at DFW, more than the 21.32 inches that fell all of 2014.

There is a 40 percent chance of rain for Sunday night, and forecasters continue to put chances of rain in the forecast all week.

At 1:52 p.m., there were still 9,235 customers without power in North Texas, most of the outages were in Dallas County. At its peak, there were over 20,000 without power at 8 a.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service office in Fort Worth on Sunday had reports of wind damage from storms in Irving, Temple, Lakeside Village, Ovilla and Grand Prairie. Flooding was reported in Mansfield and Covington. Flash flooding damage was in Irving, Lewisville, Arlington, Gunter, Waxahachie, Venus and Grand Prairie.

Authorities in North Texas and Oklahoma also say they have conducted numerous rescues of residents from flooding areas.

In Central Texas, more than 500 people were in shelters in Wimberly, about 40 miles southwest of Austin, and San Marcos as the nearby Blanco River rose to a record-high level, according to the Austin American Statesman. Interstate 35 was closed briefly as the river flooded the highway.

Near Bandera, riders and campers attending the Bandera Regulars Memorial Day Ride scrambled for safety Saturday afternoon as the Medina River flooded the campgrounds. More than 200 riders and 10 wagons were expected for the annual trail ride near Bandera which is about 45 miles northwest of San Antonio.

Several trucks and trailers had to be pulled from flood waters of the Medina River

Michelle Lowrance Willette and about 30 others attending the Memorial Day Ride in Bandera spent the night in the parking lot of Bandera Electric Cooperative.

“I got to high ground as fast as I could once I realized I couldn’t get to the campgrounds,” Willette said Sunday.

Willette said her husband, Richard, had to be spend the night across the Medina River from her on high grounds because his truck got stuck in the mud.

In Oklahoma, authorities in Cleveland and Comanche counties say in news releases that they also assisted with rescues after flooding, including people trapped in their attics and on their roofs.

Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says the Claremore firefighter in Oklahoma died early Sunday morning. The man was standing in some water during the rescue, lost his footing and was swept away. The firefighter’s name has not been released.

The flooding was caused by days of heavy rain throughout the state, especially in the southwest part, as well as Oklahoma City and Norman.

Lake Grapevine is bursting at 17.29 feet above capacity, which is 27 feet higher than a year ago. Lake Bridgeport, which was 24 feet low just a month ago, is now 94.1 percent full. Farther west, Possum Kingdom Lake, which was 14 feet down a month ago, is 94.3 percent full.

The Tarrant Regional Water District, which owns and operates Lake Bridgeport, Eagle Mountain Lake, Cedar Creek Lake and the Richland-Chambers Reservoir, is also closely monitoring the situation. This is the first time all its lakes have been full since July 11, 2010.

This report contains information from the Associated Press and Star-Telegram archives.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

Lakes are full to the brim

Lake -- percent full/ height above or below capacity

Lake Amon G. Carter 100/ 7 feet

Lake Arlington 100 1.24

Benbrook Lake 100/ 6.17 feet

Lake Bridgeport 94.1 -1.89 feet

Cedar Creek Reservoir 100/ .49 feet

Eagle Mountain Lake 100/ .77 feet

Lake Graham 63.2/ -8.91

Lake Granbury 97.2/ -0.47

Grapevine Lake 100 /17.29 feet

Hubbard Creek Lake 18.6/ -26.52

Joe Pool Lake 100/ 9.18 feet

Lewisville Lake 100/ 9.15 feet

Lake Palo Pinto 100/ .57 feet

Miller’s Creek Reservoir 85.8/ -1.81

Possum Kingdom Lake 94.3/ -1.90

Lake Ray Roberts 100/ 8.84

Richland-Chambers Reservoir 100/ .55

Lake Worth 100/ 2.11

Source: Water Data for Texas (Sunday measurements)

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