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Bill Dumps Flooding Rain Across North Texas, South-Central Oklahoma

By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
June 21, 2015, 3:00:22 AM EDT

Tropical Storm Bill dropped a much smaller amount of rain on Tuesday across a wide area of eastern Texas before dumping inundating rainfall in North Texas and south-central Oklahoma on Wednesday.

Police were searching in Ardmore, Oklahoma, for a 2-year-old girl who fell into a rain-swollen stream, The Daily Ardmoreite newspaper reported Thursday. The child slipped from her father's arms as they clung to a tree to get out of the flood waters.

Bill, now a tropical depression, has slowed down after making landfall Tuesday morning, AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Frank Strait said.

"That helped keep rainfall totals from being so extreme over such a large area," Strait said. "But Bill is moving slower now and will slow down more, so that is leading to more rain in North Texas and especially Oklahoma."


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As much as 12.50 inches of rain has fallen from the storm thus far in south-central Oklahoma and north-central Texas, according to Mesonet.

A bull's-eye of rain was centered around Newport, Ardmore, Burneyville, Madill and Ringling, Oklahoma.

Total Rainfall From Tropical Storm Bill (As of 11:00 a.m. CDT Thursday)

Location
Rainfall (inches)
Healdton, Oklahoma
12.53
Montague, Texas
12.50
Newport, Oklahoma
11.52
Alice, Texas
9.03
El Campo, Texas
8.57
Bowie, Texas
6.86
Austin, Texas
5.80
Corpus Christi, Texas
4.84

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Coastal flooding occurred as Bill moved ashore at Matagorda Island, Texas, early Tuesday.

Numerous roads were closed in eastern Texas as a result of flooding rainfall. It also forced schools across the region to cancel summer classes for the day.

US Coast Guard video of helicopter overflight from today.

Posted by Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bill also generated high winds that knocked down trees and power lines. As many as 13,000 eastern Texas customers were without lights on Tuesday.


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