Flooding, flight troubles in North Texas

Tuesday, October 16th 2007, 6:21 am
By: News On 6

Heavy storms swept through North Texas on Monday, flooding roads, damaging buildings and knocking out power to thousands of homes and businesses.

The rainy weather was blamed for at least one death and caused numerous accidents, snarled traffic and canceled more than 100 flights at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

A driver in Denton was killed when his car slid into the path of an oncoming truck, authorities said. The driver appeared to be driving too fast on the wet roads, Denton police spokesman Jim Bryan said.

One person was rescued after floodwaters submerged a stretch of roadway under elevated Interstate 635 in Dallas. Several vehicles were caught in the water, authorities said.

A pickup truck and a school bus filled with students collided in Farmersville, about 35 miles northeast of Dallas. The impact knocked the bus on its side in a ditch, and a 15-year-old girl was taken to a hospital for back pain.

At the storm's peak, 20,000 Dallas-Fort Worth customers were without power, according to Oncor Electric Delivery. Utility crews had restored power to most of them by early Monday evening, spokesman Jeamy Molina said.

Wind blew the roof off of a warehouse in Dallas and off a vacant building in Haltom City, a Fort Worth suburb.

DFW reported 110 canceled flights and delays of up to 90 minutes, spokesman Ken Capps said. He said flights were slowly getting back on track.

About 10 golfers became stranded when a flooded creek quickly rose. They were rescued by Garland firefighters using an inflatable raft and weren't injured.

The storms were caused by a cold front rolling eastward across the region. More rain was expected in the evening before subsiding Tuesday, weather officials said.