Saturday, May 25, 2013

 

Texas;Woman dies in severe floods in San Antonio


At least 130 people have been rescued from flooded homes in San Antonio after nearly 10 inches of rain fell in the area between midnight and Saturday afternoon.



SAN ANTONIO — A woman has been killed in flooding in the San Antonio area.

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove says the 29-year-old woman was trapped in her car, got on the roof and was swept away in floodwaters. He says her body was later found against a fence.

Bove says rescue workers are searching for a second person who's missing after being trapped in another car.

Bove says about 130 people have been rescued from their homes and cars in the San Antonio area. He says water is up to 4 feet high in some homes.

The San Antonio International Airport by Saturday afternoon had recorded nearly 10 inches of rain since midnight. It's caused nearly all streams and rivers to flood.
Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse said first responders used inflatable boats to remove 54 people in one neighborhood and six people in another. Three were evacuated from a roof.

Jesse says the San Antonio River was rising quickly and affecting the southern part of the county.

The highest amount of rainfall since midnight was 15.5 inches at Olmos Creek at Dresden Drive.

The National Weather Service says nearly all the streams and rivers in Bexar County have experienced extraordinary flooding.

Mayor Julian Castro urged residents not to drive, despite a break in the rain.

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