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Body found in Texas flood debris; death toll at 23

By Danielle Haynes
A vehicle is seen left stranded in a bayou in Houston, Texas on May 27, 2015. A weather system has dumped record rainfall throughout Texas causing major flooding throughout the area. Searchers in Hays County found a body in flood debris from the Blanco River, bringing the death toll from flooding in Texas up to 23. Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/66df33142cd93d8d97c7bbd2df9f64e6/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
A vehicle is seen left stranded in a bayou in Houston, Texas on May 27, 2015. A weather system has dumped record rainfall throughout Texas causing major flooding throughout the area. Searchers in Hays County found a body in flood debris from the Blanco River, bringing the death toll from flooding in Texas up to 23. Photo by Aaron M. Sprecher/UPI | License Photo

WIMBERLEY, Texas, June 7 (UPI) -- Searchers in Texas found the body of an adult male in debris left over from flooding that killed 23 people in the state over Memorial Day weekend.

The body was found Saturday near the Blanco River in Wimberley, the nearby city of San Marcos said in a statement.

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"The body will be sent to the medical examiner's office for autopsy and to be identified. It's not yet known if the man is one of the victims on the list of missing," the statement read.

Officials said it's unclear if the body is that of a 42-year-old man who was still listed as missing from floodwaters that swept away or damaged at least 200 homes along the Blanco River. Two children also remain missing from the floods.

Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency on Friday announced 20 more counties in Texas have been declared a federal disaster, making residents there eligible for financial assistance. This brings the total number of counties declared a disaster up to 23.

Residents in areas spanning from north of Dallas as far south as Houston are eligible for grants to help pay for housing, home repairs, and medical and funeral expenses. Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are also being made available to business owners in the region.

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