Flash flood watch, flood warnings issued for NE Texas

May 12, 2014

The National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch for the entire KETR service area beginning at 4 p.m. on Mon. May 12 and continuing through 5 a.m. on Mon. May 13.

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Counties under a Flash Flood Watch include Collin, Delta, Fannin, Franklin, Hopkins, Hunt, Kaufman, Lamar, Rains, Rockwall, Van Zandt and Wood.

A large storm system is expected to develop along a line extending from Northwest Arkansas to the Texas Hill Country.

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Also, a Flood Warning has been issued for areas where waters are fairly high even in advance of Monday afternoon's expected rain. Areas under warning include parts of the Sulphur River and its tributaries in parts of Rockwall, Hunt, Red River, Titus and Morris Counties.

The Cowleech Fork of the Sabine River at Greenville is under a Flood Warning from Monday evening until May 14, or whenever the statement is canceled. The National Weather Service reports that as of 8:45 a.m. on Monday, the creek stood at 4.4 feet. Flood stage is 14 feet. Forecasts predict the Cowleech Fork of the Sabine could crest near 17 feet by Tuesday morning, with the result being moderate out-of-bank flooding and closure of a few rural roads.

The South Fork of the Sabine River near Quinlan is also under a Flood Warning for the same time period. At 8:45 a.m. Monday, the creek stood at 5 feet, according to the weather service. Flood stage is 15 feet. Forecasts predict the South Fork of the Sabine could crest near 16 feet by Tuesday morning.

The Sulphur River below Talco is under a Flood Warning through May 17, or whenever the warning is canceled. At 10:15 a.m. Monday, the river stood at 19.9 feet. Flood stage is 20 feet. Forecasts predict the Sulphur River below Talco could crest around 25.5 feet by Thursday morning. Low areas are expected to be flooded, with the result being the closure of some minor roadways.

Also near Talco, White Oak Creek is under an indefinite Flood Warning. At 10:15 a.m. Monday, the creek stood at 8.6 feet. Flood stage is 16 feet. Forecasts predict the creek could crest near 18 feet by Thursday morning.

The Sulphur River near Naples is under an indefinite Flood Warning. At 7:15 a.m. Monday, the river was at 19 feet. Flood stage is 22 feet. Forecasts predict the river could rise to 28 feet by May 18.

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