A missing Texas man, 21-year-old Darren Mitchell, posted a haunting final image to his Facebook account just before his disappearance. The man posted an image from inside of his submerged vehicle with the caption “and all I wanted to do was go home.” The young man is missing after his vehicle was found overturned near the highway after it was swept away in the massive Texas floods. However, Darren was not in the vehicle and likely tried to make a final escape after making the terrifying Facebook post.
The Daily Mail reports that Darren Mitchell, 21, is missing in Washington County, Texas, after torrential rainfall left the area inundated with flooding. Mitchell was trying to drive home in the floods when his vehicle got caught in the high waters. It appears Darren took a photograph from inside of the quickly submerging vehicle before making his way out of the truck.
KHOU obtained a screenshot of the final message sent by Darren from his sister who says that following the photograph Mitchell was able to get out of the truck. The young man allegedly called his sister and mother to tell them that he was caught in the floods but that he had made it out of his truck and was safe.
“He just said he was alright and he made it out of the truck.”
However, a resident nearby who watched in horror as Darren’s vehicle was washed away in the flooding says that the man got back inside of his truck for 10 or 15 minutes before the vehicle topsided and sent him into the water. She says that when the truck flipped over, the entire vehicle quickly vanished.
“And he got out of his truck, he got in the bed of his truck, he got back out, on top of his truck, and then all of the sudden he got back in his truck. And like maybe 10 15 minutes after he was in his truck, it just flipped and he topsided into the water. It just disappeared. Once it flipped, you didn’t see tires, his truck, nothing. It just tumbled over.”
Sadly, search and rescue crews have had difficulty finding the missing man as the flood waters continue to rage in the area. The search for Darren Mitchell has currently been suspended and is expected to resume when water levels are down enough for crews to safely search the area.
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Meanwhile, Brenham rescue crews say there were 45 high-water rescues overnight and that two people have been confirmed deceased with three people, including Darren, still missing. The flooding was so severe in the area that a state of emergency has been declared as approximately 100 homes were destroyed or damaged in the extensive flooding.
Meanwhile, images posted on social media show the devastating aftermath of the floods, with many of the area highways appearing more like lakes than roads.
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Photos of flooding in Central Texas, after last night’s severe weather, offer perspective https://t.co/JGh7TNOizG pic.twitter.com/mT1DFUwiM1
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Sadly, the flooding does not appear to be over as the area is expected to be hit with additional rainfall in the coming days. With rain continuing to fall, rescue efforts are still on hold in the region for the three missing individuals believed to have been swept away in the flood waters.
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