Floods Roll Through Texas, Oklahoma

Heavy rains also force evacuations
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 24, 2015 9:35 AM CDT
Floods Roll Through Texas, Okla., Kill Firefighter
Cars are stranded at 43rd and Sheridan after trying to drive through high water during heavy rain on Saturday, May 23, 2015, in Tulsa, Okla.   (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)

Flooding in Texas and Oklahoma has led to numerous evacuations and rescues and the death of a firefighter. The heavy rains were pushing into eastern Texas and eastern Oklahoma this morning. Rogers County Emergency Management spokesman Thomas Hudson says a firefighter in the northeast Oklahoma town of Claremore died early today after being swept away by floodwaters during a rescue. And residents in Cleveland and Comanche counties in Oklahoma had to be rescued from attics and roofs.

In Central Texas, rain caused the Blanco River in Hays County to rise to a record level yesterday, forcing authorities to evacuate residents. Hays County Sheriff's Lt. Jeri Skrocki says numerous rescues were conducted in the community of Wimberley, about 40 miles southwest of Austin. No serious injuries were reported. (More flooding stories.)

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