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Flooding traps people in cars and businesses as brutal storm hits Southwest

At least 13 million people between Arizona and Louisiana are on alert for flooding at the start of the work week as a monsoon storm system hammers the drought-stricken region.

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Millions of Americans are experiencing severe floods due to a sharp change in the weather.

As a monsoon storm system pounds the drought-stricken region at the beginning of the work week, at least 13 million people between Arizona and Louisiana are on high alert for flooding.

According to CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca, torrential rain lashed north Texas overnight, flooding streets and forcing several water rescues in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

After the storm system battered Utah, residents were forced to carry children out of washed-out businesses as floodwaters poured through the streets. Others drove their cars through flooded streets as customers waded out of knee-deep water in partially submerged restaurants.

Rescue workers were looking for a missing hiker who might have been carried away by the floods in Utah. Authorities were concerned that Tucson, Arizona resident Jetal Agnihotri, 29, may have drowned.

There have been reports of numerous hikers in the area getting carried away by floodwaters, according to the U.S. Park Police. Unidentified person was captured on camera clinging to a log in Utah as floodwaters swept past a group of hikers.

In Carlsbad Caverns National Park in New Mexico, more than 100 visitors were held captive at a visitor’s center for a number of hours before being led away.

Firefighters are relying on the rain to help fight wildfires sparked by this summer’s severe drought. However, the earth has become harder due to the dry weather, providing floodwaters with a cement-like base as they rise.

On Interstate 30 in downtown Dallas, a few motorists were stuck in their vehicles as the water suddenly rose all around them. A few automobiles were flooded and submerged by the water, which even stopped traffic.

According to Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel, who appeared on “CBS Mornings,” Dallas received more than 6.5 inches of rain in a 24-hour period. The city received 3 inches of rain in a single hour, which is the most Dallas has received in a single hour since at least 1953, according to him.

After weeks of dry weather, there has been tremendous rain.

Cantore declared that “the deck has been heavily turned.” In fact, this August in Dallas is likely to be the wettest on record.

More flooding is anticipated from northeast Texas to Mississippi as workers clean the highways.

We’ll continue to monitor the flood threat throughout today, tomorrow, and into tomorrow night, according to Cantore.