More than 200 evacuated, one dead as record flooding lashes San Antonio

By Arturo Garcia
Saturday, May 25, 2013 20:42 EDT
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Record flooding lashes San Antonio, TX. Image via CBS News.
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A 29-year-old woman is dead and more than 200 people had to be rescued as record-setting flooding hit San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday.

The Associated Press reported that the San Antonio Fire Department conducted 235 rescues during the day, pulling residents to safety from their homes and cars after the area was drenched with nearly 10 inches of rain between Friday night and Saturday morning.

But at least one person, an unidentified woman, has been confirmed as dead. KENS-TV reported that her car got caught under a drainage culvert by the rising waters. Friends of the woman told KENS that when she tried to get out, she was swept away by the current. Her body was found two blocks away from the bridge.

According to KSAT-TV, the department fielded 683 service calls. At least one more woman has been reported missing and officials warned more bodies could be found as the flooding subsides.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the 9.87 inches of rain set a new May record for rainfall in the area and was the second-wettest day recorded in the city’s history, behind an 11.26-inch deluge on Oct. 17, 1998.

Watch CBS News’ report on the massive flooding in San Antonio, aired Saturday, below.

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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