Sunday, August 19, 2012

Two men swept away; one body found - WFAA

by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Updated yesterday at 10:07 PM

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DALLAS â€" Witnesses said a fisherman was swept away down a rain-swollen East Dallas creek during Saturday evening's storms.

The unidentified man ignored warnings and was seen trying to cross White Rock Creek near the 3800 block of Samuell Boulevard shortly after 7 o'clock when he fell into the water, floated downstream and disappeared.

"He was just flapping his arms in the water," said Curtis Williams, who watched the tragedy unfold.

Dallas Fire-Rescue launched a search for the missing person using an inflatable rescue boat, but called it off until the water level goes down.

There was a flash flood warning for Dallas at the time of the incident.

High water forced the shutdown of Trinity View Park in Irving Saturday evening, where a softball tournament was under way. 

Some cars in the parking lot were flooded up to their doors. Three people were rescued, but no one was hurt.

Saturday's stormy weather also caught some drivers off guard. We found several motorists stuck at Baylor University Medical Center, unable to start their cars along the streets of the hospital complex.

Part of the hospital's parking garage also flooded, damaging about 20 vehicles. A fire truck that was parked there also was caught up in the high water, but nobody was trapped or hurt.

In Fort Worth, drivers ignored advice to "turn around, don't drown" and just tried to plow through the water â€" even when it was so high the street looked more like a river.

Traffic cones floated away, and traffic slowed to a crawl.

One motorist was overwhelmed near Bledsoe and Currie streets near Farrington Field. He had to get out of his car and start pushing it toward higher ground.

Meteorologist Steve McCauley said rainfall totals in North Texas ranged between 1 and 4 inches.

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