Wet weather causes crashes, prompts cancellations and delays

A vehicle stuck in high water in Temple. (Temple Police Dept. photo)
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(KWTX) The threat of heavy rain, flooding and potentially severe thunderstorms led to cancellations and delays Wednesday while wet roads were a fact in a series of mostly minor traffic accidents.

A flash flood watch is in effect for all of Central Texas until midnight.

Showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be severe with heavy rainfall, are possible throughout the day and into the early morning hours Thursday.

Widespread rainfall totals of 2 to 4 inches are expected and as much as 6 inches of rain could fall in some areas.

Temple police reported flooding in several areas Wednesday evening including Charter Oak Drive, Poison Oak Road and Kegley Road.

Portions of several roads are closed, police said.

Flooding was reported late Wednesday afternoon on Tower Road coming from Spring Valley Road.

In Hewitt, Castleman Creek, Angelfire and Sierra Slope, South Hewitt at Ritchie, Chaparral and East Panther Way were closed Wednesday afternoon because of flooding.

Water was reported over roads in Holland near FM 2268 and Fannin Street Wednesday afternoon.

Police in Troy reported heavy rainfall and said they may be required to close East Austin Street where it crosses the creek at Trojan Park.

In Lorena Hatch Road was closed because of high water at a crossing and street flooding was reported in other areas of town, as well.

In Robertson County, there were reports of water over the road on FM 46 at Liere Dairy.

The weather may have been a factor in a crash early Wednesday on State Highway 77 in Golinda and in a crash in which an 18-wheeler jackknifed on northbound Interstate 35 late Wednesday morning in Salado, blocking the highway.

Authorities were diverting northbound traffic onto the access road.

Killeen police reported “multiple vehicle accidents” Wednesday.

“Please be aware of the wet roadways and take care when traveling to your destinations,” police said in a Facebook post.

Killeen ISD Superintendent John Craft told schools to keep students indoors Wednesday because of the potential for severe weather.

The district postponed Shoemaker High School’s playoff game against Rockwell Wednesday night in Waco and rescheduled the game as a double header at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday with a final game at 2 p.m. Saturday if needed.

The district cancelled all middle school soccer games Wednesday and rescheduled them on Friday; cancelled Wednesday night’s meeting of the Patterson Middle School PTO; postponed the Willow Springs Elementary School Talent Show until May 7, and cancelled all after-school club meetings at Fowler Elementary School.

The Math Center scheduled for students from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the KISD's Jackson Professional Learning Center was cancelled because of the weather.