The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for most of Central Texas, including all of Bell County.

A slow, heavy rain event, which began Sunday night, has brought record high rain totals to McLennan and Bell counties for the month of July, NWS meteorologist Steve Fano said.

A flash flood watch, one level of intensity below a flash flood warning, means drivers should watch out for rapid rise of water over roadways.

As of 10 a.m. today, no major accidents have been reported in the area.

"Whatever systems are in place to manage the normal water levels may not be adequate," Fano said. "With a rapid rise in water, the streets could become impassable."

According to the 100-year average, July is the driest month of the year, Fano said.

Belton Lake has received 2.47 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, Fano said.

Waco has received 4.41 inches of rain.

"For July this is very noteworthy; we don't see these kinds of rainfall totals," Fano said.

The average monthly rainfall for July in Bell County is 2.45 inches.

"This one event has, in one day, produced over the monthly rainfall for the area," Fano said.

NWS predicts rain to continue through Wednesday evening, with high temperatures remaining in the mid-80s and low 90s. The average temperature for Bell County in in July is 97 degrees.

As a result of the heavy rains, Bell County officials today lifted the countywide burn ban that had been in effect.

Contact ​Brandon Janes at or (254) 501-7552

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