ODESSA, Texas (Nexstar) – Streets around Odessa flooded after heavy rainfall on Thursday.
Areas by Eisenhower Rd and E. University Blvd, N. Dixie Blvd and Center Ave, and N. County Road West were submerged under enough water to create challenging conditions for drivers. Sloping roadways also posed a unique issue because of water accumulation. Social media users have made mention of concerns about appropriate drainage in the city.
Some drivers were seen pushing their sub-compact and compact cars from the roadways after apparent attempts to traverse through flooded parts. In Odessa neighborhoods, fast-moving water rose above ankle depth, sidewalks disappeared, loose foliage and weeds were carried down the streets by the water’s currents, and intersections became small bodies of water. Attempts to drive along the surface streets became hazardous, with some drivers traveling over the median in attempts to avoid accumulated water.
A Flood Advisory has been issued for Midland and Odessa, as well as many locations in the Central and Southern Basins. This Advisory indicates flooded roadways and hazardous travel conditions. Please drive with extreme caution, and avoid driving through flooded roads. Rainfall is expected to continue through the evening, contributing to even more flooding.