Hundreds of traffic accidents were also reported, according to the Dallas Police Department.
His car was “presumably” swept off the road and discovered as the water receded, according to Mesquite Fire Department Chief Russell Wilson.
“I’ve never experienced anything like this in my entire life,” said Brittany Taylor, who moved into her Dallas apartment just two days before Monday morning’s flooding left most of her belongings destroyed by the flood.
Taylor woke up around 3 a.m. to the sound of torrential rain and couldn’t get back to sleep due to the noise of the leaks, she told CNN.
“All the cardboard boxes started falling apart so a lot of my stuff started falling in the water. I lost a lot of my stuff,” she said, adding that insurance from its tenant does not cover losses due to flooding.
Vehicles trapped in rapidly rising water around 3 a.m. on Interstate 30 in Dallas, said Cassondra Anna Mae Stewart, who filmed the dark, watery scene.
“I was able to back up a ramp to get off the freeway,” she said. “I took an alternate route home…although most of the streets were flooded there as well.”
At that time, “trained weather observers reported major flash flooding in progress across Dallas with many roads and cars submerged, including Interstate 30 to Interstate 45 near downtown Dallas,” according to a flash flood warning issued at 3:21 a.m.
“While there is no danger to the water supply, the public is reminded to avoid contact with waste, soil or water in any of the affected areas,” the statement said. city, adding that residents of affected areas who use private drinking water supplies use only boiled or distilled water.
Other major cities in Monday’s flood watch zone include Austin, Texas, and Shreveport, Louisiana. The region is subject to a moderate risk — level 3 out of 4 — of excessive precipitation. Rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour have been seen as storms move slowly through the region, creating the potential for up to 3 to 5 inches of rain.
The rainy weather is expected to continue to spread active showers and thunderstorms across East Texas and the lower Mississippi over the next few days, according to the NWS, which could lead to more flash flooding.
A sign of “climate boost”
The downpour in the Dallas area is accompanied by a “flash drought” that has developed in this extremely dry year across Texas. Exceptional drought – the highest designation – is present in Dallas and Tarrant counties and covers more than a quarter of the state.
“Over the past half year, rainfall deficits of 8 inches to locally over a foot have affected areas from central Texas near and south of Dallas/Fort Worth to the Gulf Coast,” said Thursday. Drought Monitor’s summary.
But those rainfall deficits will be mostly wiped out after Monday in Dallas, though large deficits will remain for other parts of Texas.
Human-caused climate change has increased the potential for this type of weather whiplash, in which dramatic fluctuations in periods of drought and heavy rainfall can occur more often.
Monday’s rainfall pushed this month into the third wettest August on record for the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with more than 7 inches in all so far – the most rainfall on record in the during the month since 1915.
Ahead of the flooding in Texas, rain continued Sunday in parts of Arizona and New Mexico after previous days’ flooding in parts of the Southwest.
In Utah, hikers on Friday were “swept away” in Zion National Park by a flash flood. Search and rescue team members were working to find a missing hiker near the Virgin River, the park said Saturday.
The park was closed on Sunday, the National Park Service said. “Maintenance crews will begin assessing and clearing debris from the roadway,” the National Park Service added.
CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett, Dave Alsup and Raja Razek contributed to this report.