Texas Prepares For Heavy Rains And Flooding

Oct 23, 2015
San Antonio Fire Department

Gov. Greg Abbott has activated the Texas State Operations Center (SOC ) as officials across the state prepare for severe storms that are expected this weekend due to Hurricane Patricia.

For current weather updates visit www.weather.gov and type in your zip code.

For safety tips related to severe weather click here

Chris Eudaily / TPR News

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood watch for Bexar County, and local officials are preparing for an onslaught of rain, flood conditions and high water rescues. For up-to-the-minute weather reports visit www.weather.gov and type in your zip code. 

Authorities in Utah say the death toll is now up to a dozen after flash floods along the Utah-Arizona border Monday engulfed two vehicles carrying 16 people, and swept them into a waterway that is normally dry.

One person from those vehicles remains missing.

"This is one of the worst weather-related disasters in the history of the state of Utah and because of that we are bringing the full resources of the state to bear," said Spencer Cox, the state's lieutenant governor.

Updated at 10:35 p.m. ET: fourth hiker's body recovered

One month ago, the Memorial Day Floods devastated many communities here in Central Texas, and today, the rebuilding continues.

How much officials can do is still limited, though, because the water hasn’t fully receded.

Local agencies are still searching for two children who went missing when the Blanco River flooded. The problem is that the water hasn’t receded enough to enable search teams to access all the areas.

Courtesy: The Texas Department of Transportation

DALLAS — Rains that swept through North Texas has caused flooding that closed some roads, seeped into some homes and caused the collapse of a rural bridge under a truck carrying a family.

Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Kyle Bradford said that about 2:30 p.m. Sunday, the South Sulphur River collapsed as a truck carrying a family was crossing. A Good Samaritan threw the family a rope, and they managed to climb back up the road. Bradford says no one was injured.

National Weather Service meteorologist Ted Ryan told The Associated Press that 3 to 6 inches of rain fell across the already-saturated area Sunday.