DALLAS, Texas (AP) — A woman and her young child have drowned after their car was swept into a flooded culvert in Fort Worth amid heavy rainfall across North Texas and other parts of the state.
Fort Worth police officer Jimmy Pollozani says the car had stalled in floodwaters Saturday near the culvert (water tunnel). He says passing vehicles created waves that pushed the car into the culvert (water tunnel), submerging it.
The bodies of the woman, who was in her 20s, and her 2-year-old were later recovered.
The soil already was saturated from rain in recent days, causing heavy rainfall that began Friday to overwhelm creeks and turn streets into streams.
The National Weather Service issued flash-flood watches for parts of the state.
After several days of rainfall west of I-35 the front will shift the focus for rainfall along the I-35 corridor tonight and tomorrow. Check out the graphic for forecast rainfall amounts. Models are showing the highest amounts just to the south and east of San Antonio. pic.twitter.com/Vpx4E9i3aN— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) September 8, 2018
A number of areas being impacted by heavy rain over the next few days. Remember that it only take a few inches of rushing water to carry away a vehicle. Never walk or drive through flooded roadways. #TurnAroundDontDrownhttps://t.co/VyWINDBEpn for the latest in your area. pic.twitter.com/2cJkCDz5fy— NWS (@NWS) September 8, 2018
Up to 7 inches of rain was forecast for areas around San Antonio.