Nightly News   |  April 28, 2013

Spring flooding wreaks havoc

From Texas to North Dakota, heavy spring rains continue to trigger flash floods and turn streets into rivers, NBC’s Janet Shamlian reports.

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>>> in texas and other parts of the south tonight, they are recovering from a destructive spring storm that led to widespread flooding and some dangerous moments for more than 100 people who got trapped in rising waters. nbc's janet schamlian has more tonight.

>> reporter: it came fast in the houston area , as much as eight.

>>> of rain in just a few hours, triggering flash flooding and turning streets into rivers.

>> it was just ridiculous. waters are at least 2 1/2 feet high in the right lane. it was nuts.

>> reporter: drivers were stranded all across the city. firefighters made more than 150 water rescues in five hours as cars stalled in the fast rising water.

>> just coming home from work. i decided to take a chance. but me not listening, i see other cars out here. i just gave it a shot and now i'm trying to start my calm -- i don't know what to do now.

>> reporter: lightning and downed trees cut power to more than 1,000 customers. and hail. zblfrg on the ground is hail!

>> reporter: in parts of tennessee the weekend was a washout. heavy rains pushed creeks over their banks, spilling on to nearby roads. as storms move out of tennessee and texas, the focus moves north.

>> the big story this week is going to be watching the battle of the red river rising and how the communities of fargo, north dakota and morehead, minnesota deal with the rising water.

>> reporter: fargo hopes the sandbags are