3 Drowned In Texas Floodwater

Monday, September 10th 2018, 11:24 am
By: News 9

A woman, her young child and another person have drowned after their car was swept into a flooded culvert in Fort Worth amid heavy rainfall across North Texas and other parts of the state.

Fort Worth police officer Jimmy Pollozani says the car had stalled in floodwaters Saturday near the culvert. He says passing vehicles created waves that pushed the car into the culvert, submerging it.

The bodies of the woman, Jessica Romero, 18, and her 2-year-old daughter Llaylanii, who were identified by their family, were later recovered.

The soil already was saturated from rain in recent days, causing heavy rainfall that began Friday to overwhelm creeks and turn streets into streams.

The second flood drowning happened nearby, in the 4200 block of South Cravens Road, where a man in his 70s also had his vehicle washed away, officials said.

The National Weather Service issued flash-flood watches for parts of the state.

Up to 7 inches (18 centimeters) of rain was forecast for areas around San Antonio.