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Searchers Find Body Of Teen Missing In Texas Flood

7:30 AM, May 27, 2013   |    comments
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The body of a teenager who was swept away by floodwaters as he tried to cross a swollen creek near San Antonio was found on Sunday, authorities said.

Avron Adams, 18, of Schertz, tried to cross the Cibolo Creek after his friends swam across.

Searchers located Adams' body near the water's edge Sunday evening. A spokesman for Schertz said Adams' family has been notified.

The usually dry creek in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, had dropped about 10 feet since Saturday. Other rivers in the San Antonio area and surrounding counties continued to drop after peaking above the flood stage, but flood warnings remained in effect Sunday.

On Saturday, two women died after being swept away by floodwaters when rains swamped roads throughout San Antonio, forcing more than 235 rescues by emergency workers who sometimes used inflatable boats to help stranded drivers and residents.

The rains that fell on San Antonio Saturday left more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes when water suddenly rose as high as 4 feet in some locations. There were also significant traffic jams.

"It was pretty crazy," Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm, told the AP. "It was pretty unexpected. We hardly got any warning about it."

San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove told the AP that a 29-year-old woman was trapped in her car, got on the roof and was carried away by floodwaters. Her body was later recovered lying against a fence.

A second woman's body was found 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, the Express-News reported.

"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 KSAT 12 News.

Roughly 20 people were being housed Sunday in an American Red Cross shelter. Roxanne DeLeon was there, along with her husband and three children. Most of the family didn't have time to put on their shoes before they had to flee the rising waters around their rented home, the AP reports.

"It feels like we're stuck," DeLeon told the AP. "One relative can keep my son part of the day while I'm at work, but who's going to pick up my kids from school? I never thought my family would go through something like this."

By Saturday afternoon, San Antonio International Airport had recorded nearly 10 inches of rain since midnight. The highest amount reported 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.

Saturday marks the second-wettest day ever recorded in San Antonio. The wettest day on record is Oct. 17, 1998, when 11.62 inches of rain fell. In that flood, the Guadalupe and San Antonio River basins overflowed, leaving more than 30 people dead, according to the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.

By Saturday evening, the water was receding in much of San Antonio. However, pools of water could still be seen in some low-lying areas. And several roads were closed, including a major highway that links the suburbs and the city. 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 is not known how much the rainfall will impact drought in the region because much of it will run off into creeks and rivers, NWS meteorologist Pat McDonald told the Express-News.

"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."

Memorial Day was expected to be mostly sunny, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

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