Hurricane Pamela caused flash floods to take place in some parts of Texas. In St. Hedwig, Texas, the flash floods claimed the lives of a woman and a young girl.
According to the Associated Press, the woman and the young girl were on their way to school when the flash flood took place. The flash flood then swept their bodies to a Texas creek. Officials worked on Friday to recover the woman’s body.
Woman, Young Girl Not In The Same Vehicle
The woman is 52 years old, and the girl is five years old, and they are part of an extended family. They were in separate vehicles when they were swept from a bridge into the Martinez Creek. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told Associated Press, “There’s nothing more heartbreaking than to see the body of a 5-year-old pulled out of a car. She was still wearing her backpack. It just doesn’t get any worse than that.”
Officials said that the woman’s body was in her vehicle, but she was not pulled out of it immediately as the vehicle moved into deeper water because of the rapid current. Her vehicle was more than ten feet underwater. Emergency officials had to return to the creek the day after to remove the woman’s vehicle and take her body.
Other People In The Vehicles Are Safe
Associated Press reported that four other children and a man were in the two vehicles. The Island Packet also reported that the man was the one driving the vehicle with the five-year-old girl who died and two boys. The 52-year-old woman was driving with two boys. The man and the four other children were fortunately rescued and did not die from the incident. They were all on their way to a nearby elementary school.
The heavy rains from hurricane Pamela swamped San Antonio, which is prone to flash floods. Pamela made its landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast early Wednesday and moved into central Texas and southeastern Oklahoma later.