A woman and her four grandchildren were swept away in Texas Saturday during extreme flooding, reports CNN. The five were swept away by the flooding in the Texas city of Palestine as they exited a home. According to police Capt. James Muniz, at the time of the tragedy, the flooding had already gotten so bad that waters had reached the home’s roof.
Unfortunately, the woman and her four grandchildren are reported to have died in the Texas-flooding related event. The five bodies were discovered by local police during a response to reports of rising floodwaters in the area.
According to reports, the woman was 64-years-old, and her grandchildren were six, seven, eight and nine. Their names have not been released.
The flooding in Texas is expected to continue Saturday as dangerous, slow-moving thunderstorms continue to impact parts of the South. Flash flooding is expected to be fairly widespread and to create dangerous conditions in many areas, including the Houston and much of eastern Texas.
Texas has been plagued by flooding for much of the spring, and today’s tragedy isn’t the first to hit the area this month. Earlier in April, at least eight people were killed in this season’s historic Texas flooding, and the Houston area bore the brunt of that deluge, CNN reports. The previous flooding in Texas seemed to take many Houston residents by surprise, despite repeated warnings and a very accurate weather forecast. More than anything, locals appeared to blown away by the sheer volume of water. Some of those locals included more than 50 residents from two Texas assisted-living facilities that had to be rescued with boats and military-style vehicles.
“Never in my life. I was watching all the water on the streets and never had seen that before.”
In the prior Texas flooding event, which killed at least 8 people, over 1,000 homes were flooded and officials estimated at least $5 billion in damage. In that situation, Texas Governor Greg Abbot declared a “state of disaster” for the Houston area and a total of nine counties in and surrounding Houston. Over 1,200 high-water rescues were required to keep the death toll from climbing, and some residents were forced to swim from their homes to get to safety.
Following this Saturday’s tragic deaths of a grandmother and her four grandchildren in the current round of Texas flooding, locals are being encouraged to remain vigilant and cautious amid the extreme weather. As The Weather Channel reports, the weather-related threat is ongoing in the area, with flash flooding, damaging winds and hail and even tornadoes possible.
On Friday, there were reports of tornadoes touching down in Sherman and Lindale, Texas. Residents also shared photographs of golf ball-sized hail.
In addition to the deaths of the 64-year-old woman and her four grandchildren on Saturday in the ongoing flooding in Texas, at least one person is reportedly missing in the same area. Several high-water rescues are also still taking place, with more likely to come as the dangerous weather continues.
“We are devastated because of it. I believe we’re still missing one person that is just outside the city limits. Everybody is working feverishly, using every resource they can to get to the people and help the people.”
The current Texas flooding and extreme weather conditions also damaged two 737’s at the Austin Bergstrom International Airport. The planes were reportedly at their terminals when winds in excess of 60 miles per hour tossed them around, with one ultimately landing on top of a baggage vehicle.
This weekend’s Texas flooding has even been strong enough to tear ties from the railroad track in wash them into the streets.
By Friday night, about 6,000 Oncor customers were without power, along with 485 Swepco and 1,400 Upshur Rural customers.
The current onslaught of Texas flooding is expected to continue at least through Saturday, and depending on the extent of the damage, clean-up could take weeks or more.
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