The Latest: Woman, 2 children die in North Texas flash flood

April 24, 2019 GMT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on flash flooding from heavy rain over North Texas and Texas rolling plains (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

A woman and her two young children died when the family car was caught in rushing flash flood waters in the West Texas rolling plains.

The incident happened about 6 a.m. Wednesday at what’s usually a small creek just outside Dublin, Texas, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) southwest of Fort Worth.

Erath County Sheriff Matt Coates tells the Stephenville Empire-Tribune that crews launched a high-water rescue effort only to find the woman’s husband clinging to a tree. He was taken to a hospital. The mother’s body was later recovered from the swamped car. Their 7-year-old son was found 400 yards (365 meters) further downstream, and their 3-year-old girl was found 3 miles (5 kilometers) downstream.


Coates says it’s not yet clear exactly how the accident happened. An investigation is ongoing.

The National Weather Service reports about 3½ inches of rain had fallen overnight at the Stephenville Municipal Airport, about 26 miles (42 kilometers) northeast of the accident site.


11:25 a.m.

Dozens of vehicles parked at a Dallas airport are underwater after heavy rains moved across much of Texas and brought flash-flood warnings and high-water rescues.

Water pooled Wednesday outside the terminal at Dallas Love Field Airport. Some vehicles parked in an underground parking garage were almost completely covered, with just their roofs poking out above the flood.

Parts of the Dallas-Fort Worth area received up to 6 inches (15 centimeters) of rain and more is forecast through Wednesday evening. The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for North Texas through Wednesday night and flood warnings for Central Texas and elsewhere.

Hail and damaging winds are forecast from San Antonio to South Texas. A hard rain, hail and chance of tornado are forecast for the Houston area.