Heavy rain causes flooding in a Fort Worth neighborhood
Good news: The sun is expected to make a return visit sometime Sunday afternoon or evening.
Bad news: It is expected to rain for another two, possibly three hours on Saturday.
The rain that was covering Tarrant and Dallas counties on Saturday is expected to head south into Ellis County and by 5 p.m. or 6 p.m., the Metroplex will get its opportunity to dry out, according to Jamie Gudmestad, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.
Storms that pummeled Tarrant County on Friday evening saturated the ground, causing substantial runoff from the rain that fell on Saturday, which resulted in widespread street flooding, Gudmestad said.
High water rescues and stranded motorist calls in Fort Worth and Arlington dominated the morning for emergency responders in those areas.
The Fort Worth Fire Department reported between 15 and 20 high water rescue and stranded motorist calls by 12:30 p.m. Saturday, according to James McAmis, Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman.
Two people were reported to have drowned in Fort Worth. A woman and an adolescent were in a mid-sized sedan traveling on the access road of Loop 820 and were swept away by the high water down a culvert, said McAmis, Fort Worth Fire Department battalion chief.
“Some of the heaviest amounts fell in the Arlington area,” Gudmestad said. “About 3-and-a-half inches reported. A retired meteorologist called in and said he recorded 3 inches in 70 minutes.”
The area around Lake Arlington was hit hard, recording more than 3 inches of rain since midnight, said Jason Godwin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. Nearly 3 inches fell just east of downtown Fort Worth and 2.6 inches of rain was recorded in downtown Fort Worth, Godwin said.
The heavier rain had pushed south of Fort Worth by 4 p.m. in the areas around Waco and Corsicana, Godwin said. The storms were moving southeast about 10 mph and were expected to hit Limestone, Freestone and Falls counties later Saturday afternoon.
The storms were triggered by a cold front that came from the north that mixed with a lot of low level moisture, Gudmestad said. After this evening, the area may see some lingering showers, but the bulk of the storms should be headed away, Gudmestad said.
“Sunday should be okay,” Gudmestad said. “The rain should have moved south by then. Morning should be pretty cloudy but by the afternoon, the sun should start peeking out.”