AUSTIN (AP) — Rescue crews in Central Texas were searching Thursday for a sheriff’s deputy who radioed for help minutes before her empty patrol car was found submerged by floodwaters, while heavy rains in West Texas caused dozens of streets and some houses to flood.
Roger Wade, a spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, said the deputy was checking low-water crossings during storms. She radioed shortly before 2 a.m. Thursday, saying her vehicle was being washed away in an Austin-area subdivision.
“We believe she was swept into the low-water crossing by water going down the street,” said Wade, who identified the deputy only as a seven-year veteran of the department.
Austin-Travis County EMS was contending with three other swift-water rescues in the region, Cmdr. Mike Benavides said. No injuries were reported in those rescues.
The Austin area received 5 to 7 inches of rain early Thursday, said Cory Van…
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