Traffic Snarled, Motorists Stranded By High Water

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WACO (September 20, 2013)—Some motorists were stranded by high water near Baylor University in Waco as runoff from heavy morning rains flooded streets.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton reported significant street flooding in several areas in Waco, including University Parks Drive and Interstate 35 and on Herring and Lyle Avenues.

The University Parks interchange was closed through the morning, but reopened Friday afternoon.

Several cars were reported stalled under the interstate overpass at University Parks Drive and Interstate 35, including a police car that had responded there to assist stranded motorists.

“Individuals not needing to travel should avoid driving in the heavy rain,” Swanton said.

Conditions improved Friday afternoon, but problems remained.

“We have cleared several areas of debris from trees breaking and are still working crashes due to slick roadways,” Swanton said.

Swanton also urged residents to keep an eye out for road damage.

“Some road damage may appear as puddles that are actually large holes,” he said.

High water was also reported near the new H-E-B store at South Valley Mills Drive and Interstate 35.

Police and state troopers responded to a series of weather-related accidents on the interstate.

An accident involving an 18-wheeler was reported at around 3 p.m. Friday in the northbound lanes near the Forrest exit.

Earlier Friday afternoon, separate accidents North of Waco backed up traffic on both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.

Another, in the area of the New Road exit, sent a man to a local hospital late Friday morning.

Another accident was reported late Friday morning on the northbound highway in front of the Collin Street Bakery.

Several intersections were snarled in Waco as well as power interruptions caused traffic signals to malfunction, most notably along Bosque Boulevard and New Road.

Bremond school buses ran two hours late Friday morning and the classes started two hours late because the district was without power after overnight storms.

Oncor reported more than 750 customers without power in and around Waco Friday morning and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area there were more than 7,400 customers in the dark.

Oncor Outage Website

The Department of Public Safety said early Friday major highways all were passable but rain was continuing to fall in the Interstate 35 corridor area so motorists were urged to slow down and use extra caution.

Coryell County's sheriff's office reported virtually every low water crossing in the county was swelled with runoff and impassable.

Some county roadways also were affected by high water.

In Bosque County Farm-to-Market Road 2114 was impassable and several less-traveled county roads were under water, especially in the east and southeast portions of the county.

The dispatched at Hill County Sheriff's office also reported high water on FM 2114 and said several county roads were underwater, along with some streets in Hillsboro.

A flash flood watch is in effect through the day and overnight until 7 a.m. Saturday that includes Mills, Hamilton, Bosque, Hill, Navarro, Freestone, Lampasas, Coryell, Bell, McLennan, Falls, Limestone, Leon, Milam and Robertson Counties in Central Texas.

An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect until 7 p.m. Friday for Bell, Coryell, Falls, Limestone and McLennan Counties.

A small stream flood advisory was in effect until 6 p.m. Friday for Leon County.

A small stream flood advisory was in effect until 5:45 p.m. for Milam and Robertson Counties.

An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect until 3:15 p.m. Friday for Bell and Falls Counties, southern Limestone County and southern McLennan County.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 12:45 p.m. Friday for southeastern Hill County, northern Limestone County and eastern McLennan County.

A flash flood warning was in effect until 12:15 p.m. Friday for Navarro County.

An urban and small stream flood advisory was in effect until 2:15 P.M. Friday for northern Freestone County.

A flash flood watch issued earlier for Bosque County expired at 8 a.m.

University Parks and Interstate 35 in Waco. (Photo by Kyle Muscarello)