'It was really bad': Dallas mother stranded in floodwater minutes after dropping daughter off at school
Dallas mother, Kirshae Green, was stranded on the highway due to extreme flooding just minutes after dropping her daughter off at school Monday morning.
A Dallas mother is safe after being caught in floodwater minutes after dropping off her daughter at school when heavy rains led to a deadly flash flood event in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday morning.
Kirshae Green says the morning started off like any other.
"It was a regular day. It was just a rainy day," Green said.
She said that she had to take it slow on the highway and was able to get her daughter safely to school.
But when she started to head home, conditions began to deteriorate on the roadway.
"I'm heading home, and it is rapidly becoming disastrous outside," Green said. "I'm thinking, okay, well, we can get there. It's not that bad. I was wrong. I was completely wrong."
Just minutes after dropping off her daughter, she found herself stuck in floodwater.
"It was really bad, really quickly," Green explained. "I drop her off at 8, so by 8:05, I am stuck."
She sat in her car on an overpass and watched those underneath her become trapped too.
"Like 18-wheelers were underwater," Green said.
During that time, schools were calling to cancel school.
"So as I'm still on the highway, they're calling saying, 'Hey, we're letting the kids out of school,'" Green said. "And I'm like, 'Oh, no, I'm scared.'"
Fearing that she wouldn't be able to leave to get her daughter, Green says that friends were able to safely pick up her daughter from school and take her home.
"Thank God she wasn't in the car with me when I got stuck because it was kind of fearful for me, and I know it would have been terrible for her," she explained.
Hours later, Green was able to get home to her daughter.
Dallas flash flooding
Flash Flood Warnings were issued for the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex Monday morning, putting millions of people at risk. Officials confirmed that at least one person died after her car was swept away by floodwaters.
Life-threatening flash flooding occurred across the area after some areas of North Texas received more than a foot of rain. Dallas alone received nearly 15 inches of rain since Sunday night.
As of early Monday afternoon, officials responded to more than 130 high water calls since late Sunday evening.
FOX Weather multimedia journalist Robert Ray was setting up for a live shot when a vehicle drove onto a water-covered roadway and became submerged. He sprung into action and was able to save a woman from the floodwaters.
"She literally, as I was standing here setting up for the shot, guys, pulled in and didn't realize it," Ray said. "The next thing you know, her car was floating. So, I went out there and tried to push her vehicle as best I could."
While North Texas deals with the heaviest rain through midday Monday, the threat of heavy rain and flash flooding will shift south and east Monday afternoon and evening. Cities such as Austin, San Antonio and eventually Houston will be at risk later Monday, while showers and thunderstorms will continue throughout the day across portions of Louisiana and Mississippi.