SALADO (January 9, 2013)—The northbound lanes of Interstate 35 were temporarily closed Wednesday morning in Salado after heavy rain caused asphalt to swell in a work zone, producing huge potholes.
The lanes closed at around 8 a.m. and were reopened about two hours later, TxDOT spokesman Ken Roberts said.
"We are asking folks to slow down and be patient because we have a considerable number of work zones out there so drivers need to be careful," Roberts said.
Rain caused problems for motorists all along the Interstate Wednesday morning.
Water from heavy overnight showers accumulated on roadways in the area around Lacy Lakeview.
A Department of Public Safety communications officer said at around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday that there were numerous wrecks along Interstate 35 north of Waco, but none of them was serious.
Bellmead police responded to an accident that involved several vehicles at the 338 mile marker northbound.
At 6:30 a.m. Wednesday the DPS notified the Texas Department of Transportation about accumulations of water on the Interstate at mile markers 342 and 343.
At the same time there were several minor accidents reported in the same areas that had traffic moving at a snail’s pace both north and southbound.
As well frontage roads along both sides of Interstate 35 at Salado were closed due to high water.
No roads were reported blocked but accumulating water was causing concern about roadway safety.
Some areas of Central Texas had seen as much as 5 inches of rain overnight.
Several police departments and sheriff’s offices were making routine checks of low-lying and flood prone areas but no serious flooding had been reported.
However Brady Taylor, in the Doppler 10 Forecast Center, said a Flash Flood Watch is in effect for areas along and east of I-35 until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
He said moderate rains with pockets of heavy downpours will likely continue throughout the day across Central Texas with average rainfall totals in some locations in the 2-4 inch range.
Rain chances remain at near 100 percent through the day Wednesday, but should taper off in the evening.
Heavy rain in parts of South Texas, meanwhile, led to the closure of about two-dozen roads in San Antonio because of high water.
Forecasters said San Antonio received nearly 3 inches of rain overnight.
The Austin area recorded almost 2 inches of precipitation since Tuesday morning.