Texas Governor Puts Agencies On Alert For Flash Flooding

Alan Scaia
October 09, 2018 - 9:48 am
Street Flooding

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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Operations Center at an increased level of readiness as heavy rain and severe weather moves across the state.

On Monday, a construction worker died when a thunderstorm with wind gusts of 62 miles an hour moved through Dallas.

Crews are searching for four people who disappeared when high water washed away at least 12 RVs from a park in Junction. Nineteen others were rescued.

"The potential dangers and disastrous effects of flooding cannot be overstated, and Texas is taking action to ensure the safety of our communities," Gov. Abbott wrote in a statement.

Some parts of the state could receive more than a foot of rain this week. Abbott is warning people to heed warnings from local officials and avoid creeks, streams and flooded roads.

Abbott's declaration includes increased readiness for these agencies and non-profits:

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Department of Transportation
  • Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, ESF-9 (TX-TF 1)
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas A&M Forest Service
  • Texas Military Department
  • Texas Department of State Health Services
  • American Red Cross
  • State Mass Care​