Three Die in Texas During Heavy Rains With Flooding
TEXAS — September 10, 1018
It happened on Saturday night when heavy rain caused flooding. According to the authorities, three died in two separate drowning incidents in Fort Worth.
A young mother with her baby was inside her car and trying to leave the city. Another incident happened about noon off of a Loop 820 service road near Wilbarger Street. A woman was driving on the service road when the flooding swept her car into 30-foot deep waters, Battalion Chief James McAmis said.
Dive crews found the woman and a baby dead in the car. The family identified the victims as Jessica Romero, 18, and her 2-year-old daughter Llaylanii. A Gofundme account has been set up to help the family.
As for the second incident, it was nearby, in the 4200 block of South Cravens Road, where a man in his 70s also had his vehicle washed away, officials said. The water was several feet above a bridge on Cravens Road, and the flooding carried the man's car about 100 feet down a creek.
Alex Juarez was driving beside the man's car when the high water swept the car away. Juarez immediately called 911 and tried to help the man, but rescuers could not find the car until floodwaters receded.
"The car tried to cross the channel, and the water just swept it away," he said. "We could just see the rooftop of the car, and we were trying to make sure it was a car."
The victim in the second drowning incident has not yet been identified.
Every time the authorities warn people not to try to leave the area by car during heavy rains with floods. It is possible that the car can wash away to the side and then it will be very difficult to find it.