Homes damaged, hundreds evacuated
About 1,000 people have been evacuated in Central Texas and an evening curfew has been imposed as fast-moving floodwaters have consumed homes, sent downed power lines snaking into neighborhoods and turned roadways into tributaries.
Rescue crews used pontoon boats and a National Guard helicopter to pull people to safety overnight, and some were forced to flee to their rooftops.
A San Marcos city spokeswoman says some 1,000 homes are damaged across Hays County, a fast-growing area nestled between the San Antonio and Austin metro regions. Five San Marcos police vehicles were washed away and a fire station is flooded.
The Hays County Sheriff’s Office issued the curfew Sunday as a public safety measure. The public is asked to “restrict all unnecessary movement.”
Meanwhile, authorities in northeastern Oklahoma have identified the firefighter who died while rescuing flood victims. The Claremore fire chief says Capt. Jason Farley was swept into a drainage ditch last night while helping rescue about 10 people who were trapped in their homes. His body was recovered early today. Farley had been a firefighter for 20 years.