A firefighter in Oklahoma died this weekend after he was swept away during a rescue attempt in a flooded area, according to reports.

Claremore fire chief Sean Douglas told KTUL, an ABC affiliate in Tulsa, that another firefighter suffered minor injuries in the incident, which occurred after emergency crews responded to reports that residents of some duplexes were trapped because of the high waters.

Douglas told KTUL that the firefighter who died in the operation was “swept into a storm drain.” The Claremore Daily Progress reports that he was trying to help another firefighter.

“We suspect he drowned,” Douglas told KTUL. “Got caught in the storm drain itself.”

“It’s going to take a long time for us to heal,” Douglas told KJRH, Tulsa’s NBC affiliate. “It’s a tragic loss for our department and our community.”

The name of the deceased firefighter, whose body has been recovered, was not released, according to reports.

Claremore is about 27 miles from Tulsa.

Flooding in Oklahoma and Texas has prompted evacuations, led to closed roadways and forced authorities to open shelters for residents, the Associated Press reports.