Thunderstorms struck Dallas-Fort Worth Sunday night and Monday, dropping 18 hours of rain that flooded streets, homes, and forced several drivers to abandon their cars.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins proclaimed a state of disaster based on initial damage assessments, allowing the area to use state resources. Jenkins wants federal help.

Gov. Greg Abbott also ordered the Texas Division of Emergency Management to boost the state's emergency operations center's readiness.

Some locations have a 0.1% probability of seeing a 1-in-1,000-year flood due to heavy rains.

According to Dallas Water Utilities, the east side of Dallas experienced 13 to 15 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. Dallas-Fort Worth received 6-10 inches of rain.

Since 6 p.m. Sunday, the Dallas Fire Department has responded to hundreds of car accidents and water-related emergencies.

Since 1960, Texas's rainfall has grown by 7%. The Western part of the state has had a flat or dropping trend in precipitation totals over the past century, according to a 2021 study by the state's climatologist.

Compared to 1950-1999, Texas could have 30% to 50% more intense rain by 2036.