DALLAS (AP) — One of the Dallas area’s traffic arteries will remain closed for up to a week as transportation officials pump out floodwaters.
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A depression on Loop 12 beneath the stacked Interstate 30 and a Union Pacific rail overpasses flooded during a downpour early Friday, snarling traffic.
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The Texas Department of Transportation has brought in heavy-duty pumps to draw the water from the depression into the nearby Trinity River.
For now, the freeway is closed in both directions between Interstate 30 in Dallas and Texas 356 in Irving.
Earlier Saturday, Dallas police said a man’s body was recovered from standing water after storms flooded parts of the metro.
That brings the death toll to 29 people who’ve been killed in storms that began in Texas and Oklahoma over Memorial Day weekend — 25 in Texas alone. Eleven were still missing Saturday.
Dallas police spokesman Juan Fernandez said Saturday that officers found a man, who hasn’t been identified, floating in the water Friday.
Fernandez said the body has been sent to the county medical examiner’s office to determine the official cause of death.
Storms dumped as much as 7 inches across the area Thursday night.
The other Dallas-area death discovered Friday was a man who drowned in his truck after it was swept into a culvert in the suburb of Mesquite.