Streets of Duval and Jim Wells counties overflowed with water after the counties received eight and a half inches of rain Tuesday. The constant rain began Monday night and continued for several hours, causing extensive flooding.
According to the Corpus Christi National Weather Service, Coastal Bend residents are in a lull of rainfall activity. However, the atmosphere remains very moist and unstable as the tropical wave sits over South Texas.
These widespread showers and thunderstorms will spread further inland with additional heavy rainfall expected to develop through at least Wednesday. High rainfall totals remain in the forecast through mid-week.
A Flash Flood Watch is in effect across the eastern half of South Texas through at least Wednesday afternoon. Additional rainfall will be possible Wednesday night and Thursday.
With the high water on the roads, some motorists will still attempt to get around.
"We are expecting more rain, according to the National Weather Service. People be very careful on the road, be very careful with your children," said JWC Sheriff Daniel Bueno. "Watch for the low line areas and water on the roadways. Turn around, don't drown.... Don't be a victim of flooding. It'll cost too much. This is a dangerous time."
Some flooding and closures around JWC include:
County Road 341 – flooded – Bentonville
Farm-to-Market 665 and Texas Boulevard – flooded – Alice
County Road 428 and Farm-to-Market 1538 area – flooded – Premont
McMasters – flooded – Rancho Alegre
San Fernando Creek from Farm-to-Market 1930 and Farm-to-Market 1352 entrance– closed – Alice
County Road 420 – closed – Premont
County Road 306 – closed – Orange Grove
County Road 465 – closed – Ben Bolt
First responders were busy rescuing individuals stuck in submerged vehicles and one lady was rescued by a motorist from her home in Premont. A family in the Rios community was evacuated from their home and lost all of their belongings. And other rescues happened in Orange Grove, officials said.
To assist the family in Duval County, the Duval County Sheriff's Office is taking donations.
Items requested for the family are size 2X shirts and clothing for children for ages 12, 11, 4 and 2.