Weather Alert - TxDOT MONITORS RED RIVER RISE, BRIDGES No bridges presently at risk of being overto
In association with the National Weather Service and the State Operations Center, the Texas Department of Transportation is monitoring the impacts of heavy rains in north Texas on the Red River. Presently, the river’s crest is not projected to overtop any of the bridges crossing the river. Frontage roads on I-35 and the turnaround beneath the bridge at the Texas border north of Gainesville are currently closed because of flooding. Bridges crossing the Red River downstream of Lake Texoma are currently open and presently not at risk of being overtopped. As heavy rains continue, the agency will continue to monitor the forecast for north Texas. TxDOT is prepared to respond to emergency situations, including flooding and any removal of debris, if necessary.
If water is covering a road, please don’t try to cross. As little as six inches of water can float some vehicles.
It is illegal to remove barricades blocking lower water crossings. Penalties can range from $200 to $1,000 and/or two years in jail.
Never try to walk, swim or drive through swift water.
If your vehicle stalls in deep water, leave it and move to higher ground if you can do so safely.
Turn around; don’t drown.
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