Record rainfall causes severe flooding in San Antonio, Texas – ‘We ask San Antonians to please stay off the roads and stay at home’Posted by Jim at Saturday, May 25, 2013
25 May 2013 (CNN) – Flooding has left one person dead and another missing in San Antonio, Texas, authorities said Saturday.
The fatality occurred when a woman was swept from her vehicle, fire department spokesman Christian Bove told CNN. Her body was found along a creek, he said.
Bove said the department has been involved in at least 100 rescues since the flooding started.
"Our phone hasn't stopped ringing from early this morning," he added.
Torrential rains overnight continued into the morning, triggering flash flood warnings across South Texas.
On Saturday afternoon, San Antonio and Austin were under flash flood warnings and flood watches and warnings, CNN meteorologists said.
San Antonio International Airport received 9.57 inches of rain during Saturday morning alone, the meteorologists said.
Flood levels on the San Antonio River reached a new record Saturday at Loop 410 when water rose to 34.2 feet at 10 a.m. (11 a.m. ET) Saturday, said the National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio. The previous record was 32.57 feet on October 17, 1998, the service said. [more]
25 May 2013 (My San Antonio) – Heavy rain is expected to continue Saturday with reports of flash flooding and road closures throughout Bexar County. The National Weather Service has extended the flash flood warning for Bexar and surrounding counties until 3:30 p.m. […]
Mayor Julian Castro is urging San Antonians to stay home as more rain is still possible.
“Despite a break in the rain, many roads throughout the city continue to be impassable and dangerous,” Castro said. “We ask San Antonians to please stay off the roads and stay at home, if at all possible. Just because it's not raining at the moment, does not mean that the threat has passed. If you must drive, observe all low-water crossings and use common sense.” [more]