Severe flooding is worsening again with another storm system set to impact the Southern Plains, forcing hundreds from their homes in a northern Texas town. Portions of the Tanglewood neighborhood in Wichita Falls, Texas, were evacuated Thursday morning due to rising water, according to the city’s Facebook page. It was a “drastic” change in plans, the city added, because the mandatory evacuations were pushed up 10 hours, from 6 p.m. Thursday to 8 a.m.
Other parts of eastern Wichita Falls will also be required to evacuate Thursday morning due to the flooded Wichita River, WFAA.com reported. Once the 8 a.m. deadline passes, electricity will be shut off in the areas where evacuations were ordered, the report added. The heavy rainfall was sorely needed to break a years-long extreme drought that has gripped the region, but in many areas, the persistent downpours have proven to be too much to handle. This has kept authorities busy, as constant water rescues have been performed in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Here are the latest impacts from the states hardest hit by this long-lasting flood event. FULL REPORT