Texas Floods – Man Killed in Corsicana After 10 Inches of Rain Falls in 3 Hours

Huge amounts of rain fell in Corsicana, Texas during the late hours of Sunday 10 May into the early hours of Monday 11 May 2015.

Corsicana Fire department say they responded to 16 flood-water rescues involving a total of 29 people, many of them trapped in their vehicles. One man died after his car became stranded in flood water. According to local reports, the man got out of his car and was then swept away by the floods.

The heavy rain was brought by a line of thunderstorms that tracked over Navarro County for more than five hours. Flooding was reported in Navarro and Henderson counties.

By 10:47 pm on Sunday 10 May, NWS Dallas / Fort Worth reported that 9.83 inches (249 mm) of rain had fallen in Corsicana since about 8:30pm.

Navarro County Requests Disaster Declaration

The Navarro County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM) yesterday said that the storm and flood damage had been so bad, a disaster declaration and request for public assistance had already been submitted by County Judge Davenport to Texas Division of Emergency Management (TXDEM).

Flooding in Navarro County, 11 May 2015. Photo: Navarro County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM)
Flooding in Navarro County, 11 May 2015. Photo: Navarro County Office of Emergency Management (NCOEM)

One Week of Floods, Storms and Tornadoes

The floods in Corsicana and Navarro county follow a week of severe weather in the mid-section of USA.

One person was killed in flash floods in Texas after his vehicle had been dragged into the flooded Red River at Cooke County on the evening of Thursday 07 May 2015.

Flash floods were also reported in Denton County, where around 6 people had to be rescued in dramatic fashion by Texas Army National Guard helicopters near Krum.

The US National Weather Service issued an unprecedented “flash flood emergency” for Oklahoma City after storms dumped record amounts of rain on Wednesday 06 May 2015.

Parts of Nebraska saw over 8 inches (200 mm) of rain in 24 hours on 07 May 2015. Storm and flood damage was so severe that Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts declared a State of Emergency for the affected areas.

In Granbury, North Texas, flooding on Sunday 10 May caused a sinkhole said to be 40 feet (12 metres) in diameter in a supermarket parking lot.

The town of Seagraves in Texas endured severe flooding on Monday 04 May 2015. Initial assessments by the Red Cross say that 41 homes were damaged in the floods. Many homes in the town are still surrounded by flood water over 1 week after the floods struck.