Woman Dies, Another Missing in West Texas Flooding
ALPINE, Texas (AP) _ One woman drowned when her car was swept away by floodwaters and another woman’s body was found in the same normally dry creek after more than 3 inches of rain turned it into a torrent.
Sheriff’s department dispatcher Eddie Costa said 62-year-old Jesusita Reyes drowned when her car was carried by floodwaters down Alpine Creek inside the city limits shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday.
″(The body of the second woman) was found about 8:10 a.m. along the creek in a subdivision north of town,″ said Brewster County sheriff’s dispatcher Jere Madison. He said the woman’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
A large part of west Texas was under a flash flood watch as heavy rains continued. In Alpine, about 100 miles north of Big Bend National Park, more than 2 inches of rain fell from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Authorities said the flooding damaged property and some roads were closed, with water lapping at some bridges along U.S. Highway 90.