Sat 11:30pm: San Antonio flooding kills 2
SAN ANTONIO – Torrential rains swamped San Antonio with flash floods today, leaving at least two people dead as emergency workers rushed to rescue more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes.
“It was pretty crazy,” said Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm. “It was pretty unexpected. We hardly got any warning about it.”
For two women, the storm turned fatal.
One became trapped in her car and climbed to the roof before being swept away in floodwaters, said San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove. Her body was later found against a fence, he said. Her name was not immediately released.
Emergency officials also found the body of a woman who was swept away in her car while firefighters were trying to rescue here. Her name also was not released, but Bove said she was in her 60s.
In suburban Schertz, a teenage boy who was swept away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolo Creek was still missing Saturday night.
The Fire Department conducted more than 235 rescues across the city, some by inflatable boats, authorities said. They continued their search into the evening.
“We’ll be out there as long as daylight permits and again in the morning if the water recedes,” San Antonio Fire Chief Charles Hood said, adding that going into floodwaters was more dangerous for firefighters than entering a burning building.
By nightfall, water still pooled in ditches and underpasses. Several roadways were closed, including a major highway that links the suburbs and the city.