KAUFMAN, Texas — A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Kaufman County until 2:15 p.m. with reports of several road closures due to high water.
Emergency management officials have reported up to two inches of rain has already fallen in the warned area leading to flooding in various areas of the county.
In Kaufman, north and southbound lanes of Washington Street from 10th Street to Fair Street are closed, including the complete intersection with U.S. Highway 175, due to high water covering the area.
The following areas are also closed in Kaufman: Oak Creek Drive service road area is also closed at the 1388 exit; the area of East Fair Street and Main Street; South Dallas Street behind Monday Primary School; South Wilson Street at East Seago Street; Marhsall Street at SH 243; North 4th Street; Temple Street at the SH 34 Bypass; and East Fair Street from South Houston to the First Baptist Church, including the U.S. Highway 175 ramps.
A jackknifed 18-wheeler has forced the closure of westbound U.S. Highway 175 at the State Highway 243 interchange. All traffic is being diverted onto the by-pass, according to the Kaufman Police Department.
According to the National Weather Service, additional areas may experience flooding include Terrell, Seagoville, Forney, Kaufman, Sunnyvale, Mabank, Crandall, Combine, Talty, Kemp, Grays Prairie, Cottonwood, Oak Grove, Post Oak Bend City, Rosser, Oak Ridge and Lawrence.
The National Weather Service warns drivers to "Turn around, don't drown" when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.
"A Flash Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring," stated the NWS. "If you are in the warned area move to higher ground immediately. Residents living along streams and creeks should take immediate precautions to protect life and property."
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