9/28/12 UPDATE 9:23 am: Tow Truck Crews Scrambling to Pick Up Abandoned Vehicles
More areas of rain, some heavy are developing around Crane, Rankin, and Ft. Stockton, to the southwest of Midland/Odessa. These areas are moving slowly to the northeast, and should be moving through Midland/Odessa in the next hour or so. Because of the slow-moving, heavy rains, remember flash flooding is possible, and a flash flood warning is in effect for Ector and Midland counties.
The National Weather Service in Midland has extended the flash flood warning for Ector and Midland counties until 2:15pm CDT today.
The National Weather Service in Midland has updated the flash flood warning for Mitchell county in West Texas. The warning now is in effect until 1:45pm today.
More heavy rainfall is developing in SE Ector and SW Midland Counties. This rain will drift NNE into the Metro Od/Mid area over the next hour.
Action Wrecker in Midland is said to be six hours behind in picking up abandoned vehicles because of the amount of stalled vehicles. The City of Midland is checking on stalled cars they find to make sure no one is trapped and then marking them with yellow caution tape to be towed.
Action Wrecker tells CBS7 that they are not only taking cars to their lot, but to area car shops.
UPDATE 9:15 AM
City of Odessa officials tell CBS 7 that there have been 54 water rescues between midnight at 8:30 AM.
UPDATE 8:18 am
From The City of Odessa:
Please advise drivers to avoid the flood prone streets in Odessa such as Muskingum, Dixie, Tom Green, SE Loop 338 and JBS Parkway. Parents dropping students off at Nimitz are encouraged to go slow and find alternate routes if possible as there is a flooded vehicle at JBS Parkway and Maple.
OFR currently is responding to seven water rescues and is overwhelmed with calls. Drivers need to use extreme caution.
UPDATE 8:16 am
Highway 80 is being diverted to Newell before E. Loop 338. Please be advised of severe congestion in this area.
Motorists should avoid this area if possible.
UPDATE 6:47 AMEditor's Note: The following is a news release from the City of Midland:
The following roads are experiencing heavy flooding:
Scharbauer & Main
big spring & missouri underpass
andrews & loop 250 overpass
a st & Scharbauer
MFD is experiencing high call volume regarding vehicles stalling in these areas. Please notify your viewers as soon as possible that they should avoid these areas during their commute.
Update: 6:00 AM
A spokeswoman with Odessa Police urges drivers to avoid all of the high water areas such as Highway 80 near Parkway, Dixie, 2nd Street, Muskingum.
CBS 7 Newsroom
September 28, 2012
Odessa and Midland Police are
multiple high water rescues at different locations.
Andrews highway and Loop 250, Murphy and Muskingum in Odessa
North side of A street and Interstate 20 and 1788 in Midland.
A Flash Flood Warning is in effect until 7:45am for Ector and Midland County. Rainfall rates of 1 inch per hour or more will lead to Flash Flooding. Avoid low water crossings!!! Turn Around, Don't Drown!