Area road closures from TxDOT; six inches of rain falls

2016 flooding on FM 1816. Many Montague county roads received major damage and had to be repaired. (News file photo)

Widespread Flooding in the Wichita Falls district, Texas Department of Transportation road closure update

Archer, Clay, Cooke, Montague, Wichita and Young Counties at 10:30 a.m. Thursday

New closures and flooded conditions are being reported. This list of roadways is constantly changing. Motorists are reminded to Turn Around…Don’t Drown. Also barricades and TxDOT manned closures are there to keep you safe. Going around the road block is illegal and punishable by a $2000 fine and up to 2 years in jail.

DriveTexas.Org is an excellent source to check these rapidly changing conditions.

ARCHER:

U.S. 281 has water on the roadway from S.H. 16 to Antelope. Open and passable at slow speeds

FM 1883 is clouded from FM 172 to SH 148.

CLAY

U.S. 287 Southbound is reduced to one lane because of water on the roadway. Slower speeds will get you through it.

FM 175 is CLOSED from SH 148 West to Shannon.

FM 172 from Scotland to Bluegrove has standing water. Passable with caution.

FM 1997 is CLOSED from Just North of Henrietta to FM 2332.

SH 148 is flooded just South of US 287. Passable with care.

Spur 510 North of US 287 is flooding. At this time it is passable with caution.

FM 1883 is CLOSED from FM 172 to SH 148.

COOKE

FM 1630 at Clear Creek is flooded. Precede with caution.

MONTAGUE

US 81 from FM 1806 North has water on the roadway. It is passable if you take it easy.

FM 1956 West of Nocona has standing water. Passable at slow speeds

FM1806 is CLOSED from Stoneburg to Bus Stop Road.

WICHITA

Old Iowa Park Road’s Northbound lanes are CLOSED due to flooding.

Six and a half inches of rain were recorded in The Bowie News rain gauge in downtown Bowie from Wednesday night’s rain. Staley Keck shared this photo of flooding Thursday morning at FM 1816 south of Highway 82. TxDOT reports no major roads are closed in Montague County although there is flooding in low-lying areas. Drivers should not drive into high waters.
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Debbie Hoover shared this photo of a vehicle under water at the Mill Street Railroad overpass from Wednesday night. Despite flashing police lights altering to the high water, the driver drove through and had to be rescued.