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SAN MARCOS — Authorities have identified another victim of the deadly flooding along the Blanco River in Central Texas. Medical and dental records were used to identify 81-year-old Kenneth Reissig, whose body was found Thursday close to the river near the line separating Blanco and Hays counties.

The circumstances that led to Reissig’s death were not immediately clear.

Officials said Tuesday that eight bodies have now been recovered in the area following the catastrophic flooding that swept through Memorial Day weekend.

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WIMBERLY — Officials are dealing with the scope of tree damage after the Blanco River flooded over Memorial Day weekend in Central Texas.

Paul Johnson with the Texas A&M Forest Service says as many as 12,000 trees were damaged or destroyed in the flood between Blanco and San Marcos. He said bald cypresses were the most common type of tree that was damaged.

The Austin American-Statesman reports forestry experts are trying to get the word out about the proper disposal of dead or damaged trees.

This Sunday, 150 girls ages six to 16 will say goodbye to their parents, grab their trunks and move into their summer cabins at Rocky River Ranch. The 50-year-old camp is a place preserved in time. When alumni drop off their little sisters and daughters, director Shanna Watson asks them if anything looks different.

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LEON JUNCTION, Texas — Central Texas authorities have been searching the Leon River for three people believed missing after their vehicle was swept off a flooded county road about 30 miles southwest of Waco.

Coryell County Chief Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Blakley says a dive team found the vehicle in about 9 feet of water Sunday afternoon but the type or color of the vehicle hasn't been determined because the river out of its banks from heavy rains last week is so muddy.

Officials say three people reported missing didn’t show up for church Sunday. They believe the vehicle went over a passable bridge, then down a slope that was flooded on the other side.

A herd of Texas cattle is safe Monday, thanks to the work of cowboys and volunteers who worked to move some 500 cows and calves from an "island" of land that was being shrunk by the rising Trinity River.

The rescue meant that what could have been a scene "from an 1800s-era Texas cattle drive actually took place," says the Sheriff's Office in Liberty County, northeast of Houston. The cattle had been stranded on about 40 acres of land that was losing ground to floodwaters.

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