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WACO — Firefighters have saved a man from a storm-flooded Texas river after he drifted downstream about three miles in the dark. Waco police say the man was located before dawn Wednesday after a worker at a nearby retirement center reported hearing voices calling for help.

Authorities say the 19-year-old man was at a house party when he somehow ended up in the debris-filled Brazos River. Firefighters in a boat pulled him to safety. The man was treated for a minor head injury.

Overnight storms west of Fort Worth prompted additional rescues.

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HICKORY CREEK, Texas — In a quiet corner of Hickory Creek Park, Lewisville Lake laps against the edge of the access road, covers nearby picnic areas to the tabletop and leaves just an inch or two of the barbecue grills poking above water.

In North Texas, this Memorial Day will be different from what we've seen in years, especially for those who prefer to celebrate on the water.

The Dallas Morning News reports that while boat ramps on Grapevine Lake are open, almost all parks and boat ramps at Lavon Lake, Lewisville and Lake Ray Roberts are closed, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“So that will slow things down on Memorial Day weekend,” said Denton County game warden Logan Griffin of the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

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DALLAS — Another storm system moving through rain-soaked Texas has brought flash flood warnings and high-water rescues of residents and motorists overwhelmed by torrential rains.

National Weather Service senior meteorologist Eric Martello said Sunday that parts of Dallas-Fort Worth received up to 5 inches of rain overnight.

Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport so far this year has received nearly 21 inches of rain, some 6 inches above normal.

WFAA-TV in Dallas reports Johnson County, south of Fort Worth, received 5 to 8 inches, requiring the evacuation of people from their homes.

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On Monday morning, Texas awoke after a night that saw more than saw devastating damage across several Texas counties from tornadoes, flooding and severe storms. Given that the National Weather Service forecasts currently indicate the possibility of more severe thunderstorms, hail, damaging winds, flash floods and twisters across Texas into Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott announced an elevated activation of the Texas State Operations Center (SOC).

By Monday evening, Gov. Abbott had declared a state of disaster in several Texas counties hit in recent days by severe weather — Bosque, Clay, Denton, Eastland, Gaines, Montague and Van Zandt counties. The declaration authorizes further mobilization of state resources to assist impacted communities.

San Antonio River Authority

It was one year ago last weekend that torrential rains flooded much of Central and South San Antonio. The storms killed three, stranded dozens, left thousands without power and displaced more than two dozen families on the San Antonio River.

A year after the devastation, many of those residents have now moved away from the only home their families had known for more than 100 years.

Homeowners near the Espada Mission said they had never seen nine feet of water before, but the water rose within an hour, and 27 families lost everything.

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