Flash Flood Threat Persists in the South on Sunday

Linda Lam
Published: August 13, 2017

A soaking weather pattern has led to significant flash flooding this weekend in the South.

Local emergency management reported flash flooding in Sherman, Texas, early Sunday morning. Water rescues for stranded motorists were reported in the town.

Current Radar, Watches and Warnings

The area with the highest risk of additional heavy rainfall and flooding on Sunday will be in Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas and northern Louisiana. This is where a widespread area of 3 to 5 inches of rainfall is possible, with locally higher totals expected.

Rainfall Forecast

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Some of the areas that may see higher rainfall rates already have saturated ground due to rainfall over the past week. This has prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood watches for portions of the Ark-La-Tex Region.

Flood Alerts

Several locations have already seen more than the average rainfall for August in the first 10 days of the month. This includes Tulsa, Oklahoma, with 4.55 inches (August average is 2.9 inches), New Orleans with 6.89 inches (5.98 inches) and Atlanta, where 4.21 inches has fallen (3.9 inches) through Friday.

(MORE: State of Emergency Declared Over New Orleans Flooding Issues)

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