The Latest: Texas man swept away in flood found alive

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Posted: Oct 25, 2015 10:17 PM
The Latest: Texas man swept away in flood found alive

HOUSTON (AP) — The latest on the storms drenching parts of Texas (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

The San Antonio Fire Department chief says a man who was swept into a flooded drainage ditch amid drenching rains has been found safe.

Chief Charles Hood announced at a press conference Sunday afternoon that the man was "washed out of the waterway" and eventually made his way to a road, where a passer-by spotted him. That person notified emergency responders.

Authorities had previously said the man was walking his dog before dawn early Saturday when he was swept away. The man's dog is safe.

Local media report the man was taken to a hospital for treatment.

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11:25 a.m.

Texas authorities are crediting lessons learned from deadly spring flooding for the low number of stranded drivers and high-water rescues following drenching storms brought by the remnants of Hurricane Patricia.

Authorities said Sunday that only about two dozen cars around Houston were towed from flooded streets. Francisco Sanchez, a spokesman for Harris County's emergency management division, says residents heeded warnings this time around.

At least 2,500 vehicles were stranded around Houston after Memorial Day storms dumped heavy rains and damaged thousands of homes.

Patricia and another storm system have soaked parts of Texas with a foot of rain since Friday. No deaths have been confirmed or major damage reported.

Officials say the rain quenched parched ground that was able to soak up the water. The downpours were also less intense this time.

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8:15 a.m.

Forecasters say relentless storms that dumped more than a foot of rain in some parts of Texas are moving on and that dangerous flood warnings are coming to an end.

National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Overpeck said Sunday that soaking showers around Houston should begin clearing this afternoon.

No deaths or major destruction have been reported since heavy rains started drenching Texas on Friday.

Remnants of Hurricane Patricia and a separate storm system combined to create the biggest deluge in Texas since torrential rains in May washed away homes and killed dozens. But Overpeck said a hot and dry summer allowed the ground to soak up more water this time.

Weekend flooding did cause the derailment of a train and backed up traffic on a busy Texas interstate for 12 miles.

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