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Swimmers, motorists missing after Texas flooding

 Visitors to Salado, Texas snap photos of a submerged truck under the main street bridge on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, 2010 as waters begin to receed...
 Dave Frydenberg carries his dog Cookie away from his apartment complex flooded in the rains spawned by Tropical Storm Hermine in Arlington, Texas on ...
 A member of the Arlington Fire Department rescues residents of an apartment complex flooded in the rains spawned by Tropical Storm Hermine in Arlingt...
 A flooded apartment complex is shown after Tropical Storm Hermine moved through Arlington, Texas Wednesday, Sept. 8,  2010. Rain spawned by Tropical ...
 Caretaker Frankie Donison follows Florence Dobrey, in wheelchair, as Arlington firefighters Dale Alexander and Caleb Caballero rescue them from their...
 Graphic shows areas under flood warnings and watches in the part of the nation dealing with remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine.

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Visitors to Salado, Texas snap photos of a submerged truck under the main street bridge on Wednesday morning, Sept. 8, 2010 as waters begin to receed...

Tropical Weather

Dave Frydenberg carries his dog Cookie away from his apartment complex flooded in the rains spawned by Tropical Storm Hermine in Arlington, Texas on ...

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A member of the Arlington Fire Department rescues residents of an apartment complex flooded in the rains spawned by Tropical Storm Hermine in Arlingt...

Tropical Weather

A flooded apartment complex is shown after Tropical Storm Hermine moved through Arlington, Texas Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010. Rain spawned by Tropical ...

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Caretaker Frankie Donison follows Florence Dobrey, in wheelchair, as Arlington firefighters Dale Alexander and Caleb Caballero rescue them from their...

HERMINE FLOODS

Graphic shows areas under flood warnings and watches in the part of the nation dealing with remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine.

The death toll from flooding caused by the remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine could increase after authorities in Texas acknowledged Thursday that hopes were dim of finding alive two missing swimmers swept away by floodwaters.
Authorities ended foot patrols along the swollen riverbanks and pulled back helicopters making aerial sweeps of the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of San Antonio. The search went from rescue to recovery after the two men didn't turn up early Thursday, when the river's slowing current would likely have allowed them to climb the banks to safety, fire marshal Patrick O'Connell said.
"We were hoping they would've been able to get to a phone by now," O'Connell said.
The Hermine-fueled flooding caught much of Texas by surprise and forced more than 100 high-water rescues, though not all were successful. Flash flooding has killed at least two motorists and others are still missing.
Hermine packed a relatively light punch when it made landfall Monday night, and many Texas residents said they felt unprepared for Wednesday's sudden flooding.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry toured central parts of the state Thursday and issued a disaster declaration for 40 counties.
The storm also spawned several tornadoes near Dallas and in southern Oklahoma. A series of tornadoes touched down outside of downtown Dallas, damaging warehouses in an area near Dallas Love Field. One twister slammed a tractor-trailer rig into a brick paint warehouse, causing the building to topple onto the cab and leaving the driver with minor injuries.
Hermine was the third tropical system this year to hit the Rio Grande Valley, which encompasses northeastern Mexico and southeastern Texas. The storm struck the flood-prone area just after the cleanup finished from Hurricane Alex at the start of the summer and an unnamed tropical depression in July.
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Associated Press writers Jeff Carlton in Arlington, Linda Stewart Ball in Seagoville, Jay Root in Belton and Ken Miller in Oklahoma City contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-05-12 00:43 GMT+08:00