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Water Recedes After Day Of Rescues In Flood-Battered Parts of Texas

September 17, 1991

SAN ANTONIO (AP) _ High water receded Tuesday in Hill Country counties after a day of flooding that forced authorities to use helicopters to lift stranded people to higher ground.

Most roads in the area were reopened Tuesday, a day after the normally placid Frio River reached 20 feet above flood stage.

Among those rescued Monday by Department of Public Safety helicopter crews were Clint Myer and Luba Valdez, both of Uvalde. Their truck was stranded in a flooded pasture near the community of Concan, which is by the Frio River in northern Uvalde County, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.

″We were flying over the area and saw them standing in the bed of their truck. They had been driving in the pasture, and the water trapped them,″ said Gene Matocha, pilot of a DPS helicopter flown in from Corpus Christi.

″We had to drop a rescue ring to them and pull them out one at a time. The water was already in the bed of the truck and was rising.″

A few miles north, at Garner State Park, officials moved campers out early Monday because of approaching high water on the Frio.

″One of our restrooms had about four feet of water in it, and the paddleboat building was under water,″ park ranger Wade Martin said.

Flooding also was reported in the Fort Worth area because of heavy rain Sunday and Monday.

In nearby Arlington, two people raced to the rescue Monday when rising water in a concrete channel swept a screaming 10-year-old girl about a mile.

Kamichia Riddle finally grabbed a branch and was pulled out of the water. ″I felt like I was going to die,″ she said. ″I went under the water a couple of times.″

Weekend storms in Val Verde County were blamed for the death of a 17-year- old whose vehicle was swept off a low-water crossing on the Devil’s River.

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