ARLINGTON, Texas —
The remnants of Tropical Storm Hermine caused massive flooding in
northern Texas on Wednesday, killing at least one person and submerging
much of the city of Arlington under water.
Television footage from
a Fox affiliate showed firefighters using ladders to reach residents
stranded in the upper floors of their homes in a subdivision. Bewildered
residents surprised by the extent of the flooding waded through
waist-deep water in the streets.
Two mobile homes and a house were
swept away north of Austin, and dozens of people sought emergency
shelter after state and local authorities performed numerous high-water
rescues from Austin to Dallas. Remnants of the storm, downgraded to a
tropical depression Tuesday night, appeared to be moving into southern
Oklahoma in satellite images and were forecast to move as far north as
Kansas in the coming days.
The National Weather Service issued
flash flood warnings for many parts of Oklahoma, and the entire state
was under a flash flood watch.
At least one person died in a
vehicle submerged by water from a swollen creek in Killeen, north of
Austin, the National Weather Service reported. Elsewhere, authorities
were searching for an unknown number of possible victims, said
Williamson County sheriff's Sgt. John Foster.