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Storms dump record rain in Oklahoma and cause death in Texas

September 22, 2018

DALLAS (AP) — A storm system has dumped record amounts of rain in parts of Oklahoma and caused flooding in Texas, including in the Dallas area, where floodwaters swept a man from a bridge to his death.

Arlington Fire Department Lt. Mike Joiner says the body of the 24-year-old man who was swept into a creek near the University of Texas’ local campus Friday night was recovered early Saturday. His name hasn’t been released.

The Dallas Fire Department says several people were rescued from the rising waters, including five Dallas police officers and a motorist. The officers became trapped while trying to rescue the motorist.

A record 14 inches (35.56 centimeters) of rain fell Friday at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s site in Fittstown, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southeast of Oklahoma City.

Flood watches are also in effect in Arkansas until Sunday morning.

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