Floods return to Texas area hit by spring storm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A fast-moving storm packing heavy rain and destructive winds has overwhelmed rivers and prompted evacuations in the same area southwest of Austin that saw devastating spring floods.

The Blanco River in Wimberley on Friday swelled to about 26 feet, well above its 13-foot flood stage. Residents were being evacuated from the area and a community center was opened to shelter people.

Torrential rains over Memorial Day weekend inundated the Blanco, and raging river waters tore at least one home from its foundation, killing members of two families inside.

The storms at that time killed more than 30 people in Texas and Oklahoma.

No fatalities have been reported from Friday’s storm as emergency personnel across South and Central Texas rushed to close roadways overwhelmed by water and respond to high-water rescues.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes says minor injuries were reported southeast of San Antonio where possible tornadoes destroyed buildings.

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