Texas flooding leads to evacuations

June 9, 2010 at 3:51 PM
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SAN ANTONIO, June 9 (UPI) -- Flooding in Texas was blamed for at least one death as 11 inches of rain in two southern counties caused evacuation of several communities, authorities said.

Police in Gruene, Texas, northeast of San Antonio, say a man's body was found in the flooding Guadalupe River Wednesday morning, the San Antonio News-Express reported.

"We believe it's flood-related," police Lt. John Wells said.

Several people were rescued from rooftops near rivers swollen by a slow-moving storm that developed over Comal and Guadalupe counties Tuesday evening, Wells said.

"It's a madhouse out here," Wells said. "We've made several rescues, and we're in the middle of many more now."

Around noon Wednesday a state of local disaster was issued for Guadalupe County, and mandatory evacuations were ordered in Seguin, east of San Antonio, the News-Express reported.

Evacuated residents were bused to shelters in New Braunfels and Seguin.

"Originally, we heard an estimate of 50 people needing shelter, but they're bringing buses in," American Red Cross spokeswoman Susie Walker-Atchison said. "Also, there's some flooding that's preventing people from getting to the shelters."

Forecasters predicted a mild Wednesday evening but said isolated thunderstorms were possible Thursday afternoon.

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