The storm system that moved across central and North Texas and most of Oklahoma pushed northeast on Sunday, bringing a threat of flooding to some western Arkansas counties, which could see as much as 3 inches of rain. And the region isn’t out of the weather woods yet, with the National Weather Service saying there’ll be more rainfall in the coming week.
About 1,000 people were evacuated in Central Texas communities, which saw dozens of high-water rescues overnight as the Blanco River and other swollen waterways breached their banks. The river — which crested Sunday above 40 feet, more than double the flood stage of 13 feet — swamped sections of Interstate 35, forcing parts of the busy north-south highway to close.
Near Houston, high winds damaged rooftops, blew out windows, damaged at least 50 apartments and injured two people at an apartment complex. Two people who were injured were taken to hospitals, though the severity of their injuries weren’t yet known, the Houston Fire Department said in a news release.
And about 50 miles north of the city, authorities were concerned that the dam on Lake Lewis may fail due to rain and issued a mandatory evacuation for residents. The National Weather Service said another 2-3 inches could fall on Sunday, with up to 4 inches in the forecast for Monday.
Oklahoma City set a new monthly rainfall total this weekend — 18.19 inches through Saturday, beating the previous one of 14.52 in 2013.
Colorado also was water-logged. A mandatory evacuation notice was issued Sunday for residents in the northeastern city of Sterling, and officials in El Paso and Pueblo counties said they intend to ask Gov. John Hickenlooper for a disaster declaration.