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Record-setting rainfall drenches Dallas-Fort Worth area, floods dozens of homes

A record-setting rainfall drenched the Dallas-Fort Worth area throughout Friday night, flooding dozens of homes.

The heaviest rain was in the southeast and eastern portions of Tarrant County, with a few pockets in the east getting as much as 8 inches of rain, said meteorologist Tom Bradshaw with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Throughout the rest of the county, widespread rain dropped 3 to 5 inches of water.

In Everman, about 40 homes were either damaged or flooded by 4 to 6 inches of rain, according to the Everman police department’s Facebook page.

“The City of Everman has been recently experiencing torrential rainfall that has caused severe localized and flash flooding of up to 6 feet in areas,” one post read at 4:30 a.m. “This has lead to multiple vehicle rescues as well as the flooding of multiple homes.”

A Disaster Relief Station was set up at the Everman City Hall Annex at 213 N. Race St., according to the Facebook page.

Bradshaw said Friday night’s rain set a new record for the wettest September in the area. The previous record was set in 1932 with 10.8 inches of rain throughout the month. After Friday’s rain, 11.03 inches of rain have fallen so far this September.

“It was definitely a big event,” Bradshaw said.

In Arlington, a 23-year-old man drowned after being swept off a bridge by floodwaters near the University of Texas at Arlington late Friday night.

More rain is predicted throughout the weekend, but it is expected to be much lighter. Bradshaw said it should not cause more flooding.

“The threat is pretty much over,” he said. “There shouldn’t be enough rainfall to cause any renewed problems.”

A flash flood watch issued by the National Weather Service was extended until 1 p.m. Saturday in Tarrant and Denton counties.

Kaley Johnson: 817-390-7028, @KaleyJohnson6
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