Texas governor says flooding that has killed at least three people is the worst he has ever seen.
DALLAS, TEXAS, UNITED STATES (MAY 25, 2015) (NBC) – Flash flooding has killed at least three people in Texas, forcing the state’s governor to describe on Monday (May 25) as the worst he has ever seen.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of disaster in 24 counties and flew over the area south of Austin to assess the damage caused by tornadoes, heavy rainfall, thunderstorms and flooding that forced evacuations and rooftop rescues and left thousands of residents without electrical power.
Widespread severe thunderstorms were forecast to continue on Monday in north-central and northeast Texas and southern Oklahoma, likely bringing destructive winds, tornadoes and hail, the National Weather Service said.
The bodies of a 14-year-old boy and his dog were found in a storm drain on Monday morning in the Dallas suburb of DeSoto, police said. Two other people killed in the storm were described as an unidentified man found dead from the flooding in San Marcos, Texas, and in Oklahoma, a firefighter who was swept into a storm drain.
A possible fourth person killed was reported by the New York Times, which said a Tulsa woman died on Saturday (May 23) after her automobile hydroplaned on a highway.
Twelve people were listed as missing, including eight from an extended family from Corpus Christi who has been vacationing in a home in Wimberley that was washed off its foundation into the raging Blanco River, according to local officials and the family’s church in Corpus Christi. One family member found alive was hospitalized.
Wimberley schools will be closed on Tuesday (May 26) and a curfew extended for a second night on Monday in Wimberley and San Marcos, Hays County officials said.
The governor’s office said the severe weather could continue through the week.
Meteorologists said soil was saturated from heavy rainfall over the past three weeks, leading to the dangerous flash floods.