Traffic lights in some areas are still out after that storm swept across East Texas.
Multiple storm-related car accidents have been reported, trees are down, and roadways flooded.
It was a busy day for East Texas rescue crews. In Ore City a home was flooded, leaving inches of water covering the floor. In Tyler, more than a foot of water beneath a bridge forced many cars to take other routes.
"So when you couple all that together, we were real busy for the time period," Officer Don Martin with Tyler Police Department said.
Multiple storm-related rescues were made today by both police and firefighters.
Trees had fallen along Callaway Road in Tyler where, earlier, crews had helped a stranded car out of high waters.
In Douglas, a car sat submerged, but thankfully all inside did make it out safely.
"And as a result, their cars are probably ruined, because the water got up enough that it actually got in to the interior of the vehicle; nothing that was going to totally submerge the vehicle," he said.
A video sent to us from Kilgore shows a car driving through heavy water on a road. The driver describes it as, "driving through a river."
Today's lesson, according to police, is to be careful what you wish for.
"We're thankful to see it, but again, it can cause a lot of problems," Officer Martin said.
Almost as quickly as those cars got stuck, the rain lightened, the roads cleared, and all that was left behind was the shadow of this storm's damage.
Officials continue to remind citizens to stay out of flooded areas; any amount of standing water on roadways should be avoided.
Monday, July 21 2014 11:41 AM EDT2014-07-21 15:41:34 GMT
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