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WARNING: SH130 at FM812 Shutdown to Resume Search for Flood Victim

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At 7 .a.m. this morning, Travis County shut down the northbound on-ramp of SH130 at FM812 to resume the search for a flood victim who was swept away by flood waters early Friday morning. The victim has not been reported missing, making the search that much more difficult.

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On Friday, May 27, 2016, two people were in their car when they were carried away by rushing flood waters. One of the victim’s was found Sunday, May 29, 2016 by STAR Flight, but the other has yet to be found. Lisa Block with Travis County Emergency Services told KXAN, “We have ground searchers from Texas Search and Rescue and Rescue Travis County, and they are beginning their work through this area which is pretty flooded and very heavily vegetated.”

Heavy showers and thunderstorms swept through the Texas Hill Country last week, creating disastrous conditions. Flooding is rampant right now, and there is still more storms predicted to come throughout the week. It is more important now then ever to be mindful of road conditions when making your daily commutes. Please, Texas Hill Country, be safe when travelling, and turn around if you see flood water on the roadway.

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As for the flood victims, no one has reported them missing. The man found Sunday has not yet been identified. He was an adult Hispanic male, wearing blue jeans and black work boots. Block is urging the public to help. “So we’re asking the public to notify us. They can call 9-1-1 if they know anyone who might have been in this area during the flood, or if they are missing someone since the flood and they haven’t been able to locate them,” Block said.