Heavy Rainfall, Flooding Stifle Travel in Dallas-Fort Worth
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Heavy rainfall and resulting flooding in some places has significantly hampered travel throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth area in northeastern Texas.
As of Friday morning the effects are being felt at both Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.
According to flight-tracking website FlightAware.com, DFW has canceled 57 total flights and DAL has scrapped 37 as of 11 a.m. local time (12 p.m. ET). Both airports have also experienced a plethora of delays, with DFW reporting more than 120 as of this writing.
DFW announced a runway closure as a result of the heavy rainfall early Friday morning and warned of potential delays:
One of DFW's 7 runways (18L) is temporarily closed for adjacent drain repairs. Flights will be reassigned to DFW's other six runways.— DFW Airport (@dfwairport) May 29, 2015
Minimal delays expected as a result of temporary closure of Runway 18L.— DFW Airport (@dfwairport) May 29, 2015
Friday's runway closure comes just days after DFW was forced to close a runway after a 25-foot-by-25-foot sinkhole opened up in a grassy airfield.
The busy airport also encouraged travelers to plan ahead and reach out for assistance:
Please check your flight status if you're scheduled to fly. We're providing extra support, so tweet us if you need assistance. #DFWSummer— DFW Airport (@dfwairport) May 29, 2015
The bad weather has also impacted ground travel in the region, with Dallas County emergency personnel responding to multiple high water-related situations requiring rescue. The rising waters have led to numerous road closures as well.
Despite the threat, there have been no injuries or deaths reported.
The Weather Channel provided a look at the poor conditions near Dallas Love Field:
MT@malkoff Overnight: Swift Water rescues all over DFW. This is 1 of 6 vehicles trapped near Love Field Airport pic.twitter.com/uWg5fu0XoO— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) May 29, 2015
Although the heaviest rainfall has moved out of the region, more rain is expected this weekend and with the ground in many places already over saturated, the potential exists for additional flooding and travel woes through the weekend.
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