Search continues for Texas teen missing in flood

May 26, 2013

Search teams on Sunday found the body of a teenager who was swept away by floodwaters as he tried to swim across a swollen creek near San Antonio, authorities said.

Avron Adams, 18, of Schertz, and a friend got caught Saturday in the swift waters of Cibolo Creek after about half a dozen friends swam across. One friend held onto a tree branch and got out, but Adams did not, officials said.

David Harris, a spokesman for Schertz, said about 5:45 p.m. searchers located Adams’s body near the water’s edge. Harris said Adams’s family has been notified.

The search effort included helicopters, divers and rescue teams in inflatable boats.

The usually dry creek in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, had dropped about 10 feet since Saturday. Other rivers in the San Antonio area and surrounding counties continued to drop after peaking above flood stage, but flood warnings remained in effect Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a flash-flood watch for seven counties until 6 p.m. Sunday, saying thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall.

Two women died Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters, some as high as 10 feet on some roads. One who was trapped in her car climbed to the roof before being swept away, and her body was found against a fence, San Antonio Fire Department spokesman Christian Bove said. Emergency officials also recovered the body of a woman in her 60s, whose car was carried away by water as firefighters were trying to rescue her.

On Sunday, about 20 people were at a shelter set up by the American Red Cross, including some whose apartment complex roof caved in.

The San Antonio International Airport recorded 9.87 inches of rain Saturday, the second-highest official amount in city history.

— Associated Press

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