Texas: I-10 and U.S. 40 reopen after heavy rains

Floodwaters from the catastrophic floods in Texas and Oklahoma have subsided after they were declared safe, officials said Wednesday.

The Texas Department of Transportation said the I-40 and U-40 northbound lanes reopened Wednesday afternoon after a rain-related flood warning was issued.

The northbound lane of Interstate 10 in Texas reopened at 2:50 p.m. and southbound lanes of I-30 in Oklahoma at 3:30 p..m., according to the Texas Department, Transportation and the U.N. Environment Program.

The rain and heavy rain prompted heavy traffic backups in both states.

The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers said it was expecting “heavy rainfall in both directions” from the flooding in Texas, the Associated Press reported.

The rains caused power outages in Texas.

Heavy rain forced some areas of the Texas Panhandle to shut down, the AP reported.

Flooding was expected to continue in parts of the central Texas city of El Paso through Wednesday night, according to AP.