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Corps likely to delay repairs to Lewisville Lake dam

DALLAS (AP) — Rising water levels will likely delay repairs to a 160-foot-long landslide along the Lewisville Lake dam, a possible threat to the hundreds of thousands of North Texans who live downstream.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said 16 inches of rain from severe thunderstorms over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays have caused problems with tarps they put over the landslide.

The corps, which manages the lake for the federal government, had planned to begin repairs on the landslide Monday. Lewisville Lake manager Rob Jordan said that's now highly unlikely.

More erosion of the dam, rated by the corps as the eighth most hazardous in the country, is possible.

The massive landslide appeared in late June after record rainfall hit North Texas in May, Jordan said. The landslide is adjacent to another major slide that occurred in 1995, suggesting instability within the embankment.

Back then, large rocks covering the embankment and a section of the asphalt road along the crest of the dam came tumbling down.

 

Storm destroys 1,450 homes in metroplex, 11 killed

GARLAND, Texas — As residents of North Texas surveyed the destruction from deadly tornadoes, the same storm system brought winter storm woes to the Midwest on Monday, amplified flooding that's already blamed for more than a dozen deaths and prompted hundreds of flight cancellations.

At least 11 people died and dozens were injured in the tornadoes that swept through the Dallas area on Saturday and caused substantial damage. That, plus the flooding in Missouri and Illinois, was the latest in a succession of severe weather events across the country in the last week that led to at least 43 deaths.

In North Texas, local officials estimated as many as 1,450 homes were damaged or destroyed by at least nine tornadoes.

"This is a huge impact on our community and we're all suffering," Garland Police Lt. Pedro Barineau said of the suburb about 20 miles northeast of Dallas, where eight people died, 15 were injured and about 600 structures, mostly single-family homes, were damaged.

The weather service said an EF-4 tornado, which is the second-most powerful with winds up to more than 200 mph, hit the community at about 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

In the nearby town of Rowlett, City Manager Brian Funderburk said Sunday morning that 23 people were injured.

Troopers end chase in Corpus Christi, find man in trunk

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — A 31-year-old man is jailed in Corpus Christi after a chase ended with police shooting out a tire on his car. Authorities then found a man in the trunk.

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Brownsville building where 3 children slain to be demolished

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Brownsville city officials have approved demolition of a nearly century-old building where three young children were found beheaded almost 13 years ago.

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Man dies in Houston jail after public intoxication arrest

HOUSTON — A 33-year-old man has been found dead in a Houston jail about eight hours after being arrested for public intoxication.

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