Flooding hits Dallas-Fort Worth as some areas receive more than 13 inches of rain

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins declared a state of disaster in the region, and Gov.

Thunderstorms hit the Dallas-Fort Worth area Sunday night into Monday and dropped massive amounts of rain in the span of 18 hours, 

inundating streets, flooding homes and forcing some drivers to abandon their vehicles in high water.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has declared a state of disaster in the region based on preliminary damage assessments, 

allowing the area to use available state resources to respond. Jenkins has also requested federal assistance.

The rainfall in some areas qualifies as a 1-in-1,000-year flood,

 which means that in any given year it has a 0.1% chance of happening. Such events could become more frequent in the coming decades as the effects of climate change worsen.

Climate scientists have found that warming temperatures increases the frequency of bouts of extreme precipitation.

The east side of Dallas received 13 to 15 inches of rainfall over the past 24 hours

according to a reading from Dallas Water Utilities. Most of the Dallas-Fort Worth area recorded 6 to 10 inches of rainfall.