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Texas Boy Found Dead After Flooding

January 6, 1998

IRVING, Texas (AP) _ The body of a 15-year-old boy who jumped into a rain-swollen drainage ditch was found Monday as storms pounded the state, causing flash floods and highway closings.

Brian Dennington jumped from a bridge with a friend to take a ride downstream, but the two were swept into a creek.

Carlos Ramirez, 13, managed to grab a metal beam on a railroad trestle and was rescued by firefighters Sunday. Brian’s body was found three miles downstream.

``I don’t know if it was a dare or a thrill or a challenge or what,″ police spokesman David Tull said.

Heavy rain storms hit much of the state Sunday and Monday, and were expected to continue Tuesday.

Monday evening, strong storms spawned a tornado that destroyed a home just northeast of Goldthwaite in central Texas. There were no injuries, Sheriff Darwin Odom said.

``It looked like it decided to just hit that house and move on,″ Odom said.

Flash flood warnings were issued by the National Weather Service for the Dallas-Fort Worth area and central Texas, where flooding closed Interstate 35 between Waco and Temple for several hours Monday.

In Carrollton, just outside Dallas, police were inundated with reports of people who got stuck trying to drive around barricades and through flooded streets.

``We had to perform several water rescues with boats,″ police spokesman Jack Adams said.

Water forced the closing of U.S. 75 overnight Monday in Ellis County, just south of Dallas. In Collin County, in the north, hail fell over flooded streets.

Flooding also forced the closing of U.S. 82 in Fannin County between the north Texas communities of Sherman and Bonham. Several bridges were reported washed out.

To the east in Louisiana, up to 10 inches of rain drenched areas outside New Orleans before dumping 7 1/2 inches in the city, flooding streets as the downpour overwhelmed huge drainage pumps. No injuries or deaths were reported.

A grocery store’s roof collapsed and a cigar store flooded, as did countless cars.

``I’m disgusted. I want to move. I want to sell,″ Margie Perry said as she sloshed through water in her house.

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