Two people have been killed and one is considered to be missing in the Texas area of San Antonio after the region was inundated with nearly 10 inches of rain Saturday.
San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove told the media that a 29-year-old woman was trapped in her car and when she got on the roof was swept away in floodwaters. Her body was later found against a fence.
A body of the second woman was found a few hours after her car was swept away as firefighters tried to save her. The rising waters rolled the car over before they could pull the 60-year-old woman free, USA Today writes.
“They were in the midst of getting her out when the currents changed and washed that vehicle away,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood told the local news agency.
Emergency groups are also searching Cibolo Creek and its banks for a 17-year-old boy who is reportedly missing after attempting to cross the creek.
According to the San Antonio Fire Department, it has rescued 235 people from their homes and cars in the epicenter of the floods, where water is up to 4 feet high in some homes.
In one neighborhood, first responders used inflatable boats to remove 54 people alone, said Bexar County spokeswoman Laura Jesse.
By Saturday afternoon, the local airport had recorded nearly 10 inches of rain since midnight. The highest amount of water in that same time frame was 15.5 inches at Olmos Creek at Dresden Drive. Nearly all streams and rivers in the area are flooded as a result of the heavy rains.
A Wilson County judge released an evacuation order for those citizens who live along the San Antonio River. A shelter was scheduled to open Saturday evening for area residents.
The river is expected to crest around 60 feet sometime early Sunday morning and to recede sometime Sunday afternoon, according to a Wilson County press release. “This is a life-threatening situation and should not be taken lightly,” the press release read.
By Saturday evening, the water was receding quickly in several parts of the area. However, pools of water still remained in some low-lying areas. Some of the local roads were shut down including a major highway that links the suburbs and the city.
Despite a break in the rain, Mayor Julian Castro urged motorists to stay off roads.
“Many roads throughout the city continue to be impassable and dangerous,” he said in a statement. “Just because it’s not raining at the moment, does not mean that the threat has passed.”
It’s still not estimated how much the floods will impact drought in the region as much of it will run off into creeks and rivers, NWS meteorologist Pat McDonald told the media earlier today.
“Hopefully, it will help, but it will take us a week or two weeks for all the data to come in,” he said. “It depends on how much soaks into the aquifer.”