3 People Dead & 12 Missing in Record-Breaking Storms in Texas & Oklahoma

Record setting rain seems intent on washing part of Texas and Oklahoma off the map, and thousands have seen their homes destroyed by flood waters. While most people have been accounted for, there are still a dozen or more missing, and at least three dead from the natural disater.

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12 people are missing in Hays County, Texas, according to San Marcos emergency coordinator Ken Ball, who said that the group "likely includes children."

The storms are reported to be easing up on Monday, but the National Weather Service warned that the threat is not over yet. Because the ground is already saturated, the service stated, "Only an inch or two of rainfall could quickly lead to more flash flooding concerns." They believe that thunderstorms could unleash at least one to three more inches on Monday, and up to five inches in some isolated areas.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott added 24 counties to the 13 already under an emergency disaster declaration, as more than 1,000 homes have already been damaged by the unrelenting rainfall. An emergency management coordinator in Hays County, Kharley Smith, said that 400 homes near Austin have been "washed away." He said, "We do have whole streets that have maybe one or two houses left on them, and the rest are just slabs."

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One person was confirmed dead in San Marcos. The Blanco River, which runs through the city, blew its previous flood record of 33.3 feet away on Saturday by climbing to 40.21 feet. Just hours earlier, it had only been 5 feet deep.

Also on Saturday, a Tulsa woman was killed after hydroplaning, and another Oklahoma firefight lost his life after being swept into a storm drain during an attempted high-water rescue on Sunday.

While there's no doubt that Texas and Oklahoma need the rain, I'm sure this devastation isn't what they had in mind. We hope and pray for victims of the flooding, and are keeping out fingers crossed that every missing person is found alive and well.

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