Two women died after being swept away by floodwaters after weekend rains deluged many roads in San Antonio, forcing more than 235 rescues by emergency workers who aided stranded motorists and homeowners, at times with inflatable boats.
At least one teenage boy also was reported missing after Saturday’s torrential rains, carried away while trying to cross the swollen Cibolo Creek in the San Antonio suburb of Schertz, authorities said.
At the height of Saturday’s downpours, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro urged residents not to drive since a flash-flood warning covered nearly two dozen counties. Nearly 10 inches of rainfall was reported in a few hours Saturday at the city’s airport.
The rains left more than 200 residents stranded in cars and homes when water rose unexpectedly up to 4 feet in some spots. Traffic also was snarled.
“It was pretty crazy,” said Gera Hinojosa, a valet parking cars downtown after the storm. “It was pretty unexpected. We hardly got any warning about it.”