We are tracking a high risk of potentially life threatening flooding from Tropical Depression Bill and its future remnants as it moves northward through Texas, Oklahoma and the Ozarks over the next couple of days.
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Here’s what’s happening:
- As of 4 p.m. CDT, the center of Tropical Depression Bill was about 5 miles north-northwest of downtown Fort Worth, Texas, according to radar data. The circulation is moving just west of due north at about 7 mph.
- A flash flood emergency was issued by the National Weather Service for the Alice, Texas, area on Wednesday evening. Many people were reportedly trapped in vehicles and rescues were underway. 8.26 inches of rain fell in the town during a span of two and a half hours.
- A flash flood emergency was also issued Wednesday evening for Carter County, Oklahoma, including Ardmore. Rainfall amounts of 4 to 8 inches had fallen. The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma, said this was a potentially life threatening situation.
- A third flash flood emergency was issued for Jasper County, Texas, late Wednesday evening. The sheriff reported water entering homes and vehicles swept off roadways, according to the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Water rescues were reported in the town of Buna.
- At least one water rescue has been reported in Austin, Texas, as tropical downpours fired up over the city late Wednesday afternoon. One location east of Austin received about 7 inches of rain in 2.2 hours.
- Another water rescue was reported near Sandia, Texas, as floodwaters from a nearby creek rose quickly next to a mobile home. A water rescue was also perfomed near Lake Mexia, Texas.
- Southbound lanes of I-45 were closed near Corsicana, Texas, Wednesday evening due to water flowing over the roadway. The water eventually receded and the lanes were reopened shortly thereafter. Parts of I-35 were also closed due to flooding near San Antonio Wednesday evening, according to a National Weather Service flood warning.
- Road flooding has also been reported in southern Oklahoma, including Ardmore and Duncan. At least one car stalled out due to the floodwaters in Ardmore. More than 8 inches of rain had fallen in Newport, Oklahoma, as of Wednesday evening.
- Steady moderate to heavy rain has led to flooding in north Texas. Numerous roads were closed in Wise County and Montague County due to flooding late Wednesday. More than 9 inches of rain has fallen northwest of Fort Worth in the town of Nocona. Lake Grapevine, just north of DFW Airport, is more than 25 feet above capacity.
- Strong wind gusts have also downed trees in north Texas. A wind gust to 50 mph was reported in Bowie, Texas at 8:55 p.m. CDT Wednesday.
- Many roads in Rockport, Texas, were flooded by up to a foot of water early Wednesday afternoon with cars stalled in front of Rockport High School. Water also reportedly entered one home. In addition, flooding was reported on parts of Texas Highway 35 from Portland to nine miles south of Rockport. A Weather Underground station in Rockport observed 7.89 inches of rain Wednesday as of 5 p.m. local time.
- Significant street flooding was reported on the south side of Corpus Christi, Texas, Wednesday afternoon after an estimated 4 to 6 inches of rain fell in two hours.
- In the Houston area, rainfall totals of 1 to 4 inches have been common so far. Bush Intercontinental Airport has received 3.40 inches of rain as of 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.
- Locations west and southwest of Houston have picked up the heaviest rain. Top reported totals include 11.77 inches near Ganado, Texas, and 11.96 inches west of El Campo in Wharton County, Texas. U.S. Highway 59, a major traffic corridor connecting Houston with Corpus Christi, was closed at the Wharton/Jackson County line around midday Wednesday due to flooding.
- Bill made landfall as a tropical storm on Matagorda Island, Texas at 11:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday with maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.
Below are the latest updates from The Weather Channel and National Weather Service offices in the affected areas, as well as selected local emergency management agencies. Updates will appear automatically. All times are Central Daylight Time.