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Are Flooded Roads Connected to Construction? In Short, Probably

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NORTH TEXAS -- Looks like mother nature gave North Texas a day to dry out from our wet and wild weekend.

Yeah, the deluge swallowed several streets and left many folks stranded, as their cars were swamped in flood waters. In fact, in less than a 24-hour time span, Dallas PD responded to 483-accidents and 33-high water rescue calls.

That’s a lotta sirens, folks.

But, chances are, if you’ve lived here for more than 10-years, you’ve noticed it: how quickly some streets turn into streams, in just a matter of minutes. Well, turns out the reason may be as obvious as those dreaded orange cones you try to avoid.

"If the water can’t runoff where it’s supposed to, there’s going to be issues,” Bob Carle told NewsFix.  Carle is a senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service.

That’s right – it appears construction does more than impact traffic, it can also impact topography.

"Probably some of the construction does contribute to some of the flooding," Carle explained. "A lot of times you’ll have the storms sewers blocked that will stop any runoff from dirt, stuff like that, from running into the sewers. So, that may contribute to some of the flood issues.”

Now, keep in mind – we’re not saying all flooding is connected to construction; flooding will always be an issue in low-lying areas around town.

But the sight of more and more flooded roadways gotta make you wonder: does more building lead to more breaking for floods?


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