ELM MOTT (July 15, 2013)—The steady rain Monday left some residents without power temporarily and was a factor in a series of traffic accidents, but a flash flood watch for the area issued earlier was canceled because anticipated flooding problems failed to materialize.
The watch for an area along and southwest of a line from Jacksboro to Centerville was canceled Monday afternoon as light rain continued to fall across much of the region.
Forecasters said the rain will continue through the evening before ending overnight.
Rainfall totals of 4 to 5 inches aren’t uncommon in the area, but because of the steady nature of the rainfall, no flooding problems have resulted.
Monday afternoon the left lane of the southbound interstate was closed through Belton because of standing water and traffic was slowed for about three-and-a-half miles from U.S. 190 to Midway Drive.
The problem could persist until the rain stops falling.
"We have engineers working on the problem, but as you know, this is a very unusual rain pattern for Central Texas in July, and the problem is in a difficult area to address it in a way that will correct the problem, rather than merely move it down the road," the Texas Department of Transportation said in a press release.
Earlier Monday authorities reported a number of weather-related accidents on the highway.
Troopers and emergency responders were sent at about 7:05 a.m. to mile marker 342 near Elm Mott where the inside lane of northbound Interstate 35 was reported blocked.
Wrecks were also reported between 5:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. at exit 327 and mile markers 347 and 353, all southbound.
None of the early accident involved injuries, a Department of Public Safety communications officer said.
There was a problem with water on the roadway in Salado along the Interstate 35 access road that amounted to run off from the main lanes of the highway.
As many as 1,100 homes were without power Monday morning across a wide swath of Central Texas due because of the weather, but by afternoon only a handful of outages remained.
Monday morning Oncor was reporting about 600 homes without power in Copperas Cove, more than 450 homes powerless in Killeen, almost 130 homes without power in Hillsboro, more than 50 in Cameron and about 20 in Waco.