According to the NWS, a flood warning is in effect for Denton County until Monday morning

An updated flood warning was issued by NWS Fort Worth TX on Sunday at 8:25 a.m. and is in effect until Monday at 6 a.m.

Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast for Denton Creek near Justin through tomorrow morning.

“Moderate flooding begins at 15.0 feet. Water is beginning to cover portions of FM 407 north of the creek and Tim Donald Rd south of the creek,” the NWS explains. “Do not drive through flooded areas. Caution should be used when walking near stream banks.”

This warning is valid until Monday at 6 a.m.

Here’s how to stay safe during a flood, according to the NWS

If you live in a flood-prone area or are camping in a low-lying area, get to higher ground immediately. If you are told to evacuate, do so immediately. Lock your home when you leave. If you have time, unplug utilities and appliances. Do not go into a basement or other room if water is covering electrical outlets or wires are submerged. If you see sparks or hear buzzing, crackling, popping, or banging noises, leave the house. Stay away from water that may contain electricity. Do not walk through floodwater. Six inches of running water is enough to knock you over. If you are trapped in running water, get to the highest point possible and call 911 if possible.

Heavy rain creates a risk of flooding, especially in low-lying and flood-prone areas. Never attempt to drive through water on the road, no matter how deep it appears. According to the NWS, as little as 12 inches of water can sweep away most vehicles.

Driving tips for rainy weather

• Turn on your headlights – Even in daylight, your headlights can improve your visibility and let other drivers know where you are.

• On the road: Use the middle lanes and stay on high ground. Rainwater tends to collect at the edges of the road.

• Avoid puddles – Driving into puddles or deep areas of rainwater can cause the vehicle to float or spin out of control.

• Do not drive too close to large vehicles. Trucks or buses can cause water spray that obscures visibility.

• Avoid flooded areas – If you encounter a flooded road, turn around and back away. The strong currents that occur during flash floods can force drivers off the road. Driving through deep water can also adversely affect a vehicle’s mechanical and electrical systems.

What is aquaplaning?

Aquaplaning occurs when a vehicle slides uncontrollably on a wet road.

This happens when water builds up in front of the tire faster than the weight of the vehicle can push it out of the way. The water pressure then causes the vehicle to rise and skid on a thin layer of water between the tire and the road, causing the driver to lose control. The three main causes of hydroplaning are:

1. Vehicle speed – As the speed of a vehicle increases, the grip of the tires and the ability to control the vehicle decreases. Drive at reduced speeds in wet weather.

2. Water depth – The deeper the water, the faster a vehicle will lose traction. It doesn’t matter how deep the water is, even a thin layer can cause hydroplaning.

3. Tire tread depth – It is important to check tire tread before hitting the road as low or no tread can cause skidding.

If your vehicle experiences aquaplaning, here’s what you should know:

• Release the accelerator pedal – Release the accelerator to slow the vehicle until the tires gain traction.

• Spin into a skid – Spin into a skid can help realign the vehicle’s tires and regain control.

• Make sure the tires are back in contact with the road – During a skid, wait until the tires are back in contact with the road and then carefully straighten the wheels to regain control.

• Brake gently when necessary – brake normally if the vehicle has anti-lock braking systems and pump the brakes gently if it is an older vehicle.

Source: National Weather Service