Heavy Rains Strand Motorists
DALLAS (AP) _ Heavy rains in north and central Texas stranded motorists Thursday, while water-drenched communities to the south got a respite from persistent thunderstorms.
The northward moving storms that pounded Texas for the 12th consecutive day prompted flash flood warnings and watches throughout the state. However, rains diminished in most areas later in the day.
One man drowned when his boat capsized in a sudden storm, and two people were injured when a tractor-trailer struck a stalled car in the early-morning downpour on Interstate 45 in Ellis County.
Firefighters rescued a man and his wife from the truck, said highway Patrolman James Colugan. The man was hospitalized with severe neck injuries, and his wife was treated for facial lacerations.
Numerous other accidents were reported Thursday. The violent weather has contributed to at least 11 deaths since May 25. A teen-ager remained missing.
Meanwhile, San Antonio residents worked to recover from flooding that forced 2,000 people to evacuate and closed roads, businesses and schools on Wednesday.
More than 6 inches of rain fell on San Antonio in 12 hours Wednesday. More than 11 inches have fallen since May 25, weather service records show. Total annual rainfall in the city averages 29 inches.
Heavy waters at the Olmos Dam, where most of the evacuations took place, is being slowly released, Bob Oehlerich of the National Weather Service said Thursday.
″The overall conditions here improved rapidly,″ Oehlerich said. ″We still got streams flooding, but that is to the south and southeast of the city.″
Water flowing swiftly into Lake Brownwood from creeks caused the lake to go over the spillway about two feet, Department of Public Safety Sgt. Hugh Lillie said. Some campers around the lake already had moved to higher ground, he said.
Campers at a city park in Stephenville in north central Texas and a couple living near a creek in West Texas were forced to evacuate Thursday morning, an Erath County sheriff’s deputy said.
Many roads and portions of some highways were under water and closed Thursday, authorities said.
Forrest W. Brooks, 72, of Killeen, died in the fishing accident Friday at Lake Buchanan when the sudden storm caused 6-foot waves to capsize the boat, said Bill Blackburn, Llano County game warden.
A 13-year-old boy from the Dallas suburb of Duncanville was still missing Thursday since being swept through a flooded culvert during heavy rains last weekend.
Pfc. Kimberly Ann Strom, 19, who was from Carson, Calif., drowned after falling into a drainage ditch Tuesday, the Fort Hood public affairs office said.