The Latest: 1 dead, 1 rescued after car swept into creek

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Posted: Mar 09, 2016 9:05 PM
The Latest: 1 dead, 1 rescued after car swept into creek

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on the severe weather and flooding in the South (all times local):

7:50 p.m.

A man has died and a woman is being treated after their car was swept off a flooded Louisiana road.

Bienville Parish sheriff's Chief Deputy Randy Price tells KSLA-TV (http://bit.ly/1XdTr8B ) it happened about 5 p.m. Wednesday about a mile east of state Highway 9.

Price says the road was covered with water, and it appears the couple was trying to get home when they drove through it and powerful floodwaters swept the vehicle off the road and into a creek.

The man is believed to have drowned. The woman was pulled to safety and rushed to the hospital. Her current condition is unknown.

Police are still working to notify family members, so identities haven't been released.

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6:15 a.m.

Authorities in Oklahoma say a 30-year-old man drowned after his SUV was swept away by floodwaters.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says Michael Liles of Broken Bow died after he tried to drive across a rural Oklahoma bridge that was inundated with floodwaters on Tuesday night. The highway patrol says that Liles' SUV was swept into Lukfata Creek near Broken Bow, which is about 200 miles southeast of Tulsa and near Oklahoma's borders with Texas and Arkansas.

A passenger in Liles' SUV was able to swim to the shore, but Liles went underwater and never resurfaced. The highway patrol says his body was recovered 100 feet downstream in about 8 feet of water.

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6 a.m.

Heavy rain has fallen over much of northwest Louisiana, flooding up to 80 homes, causing a nursing home near Minden to be evacuated, some high water rescues and water in the Webster Parish Courthouse. No injuries have been reported.

Meteorologist Michael Berry in Shreveport says the heaviest rain fell between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tuesday and the rain has continued most of the night and into early Wednesday.

Berry says between 7 to 11 inches fell in northern DeSoto Parish, southeast Caddo Parish, southern Bossier Parish and most of Webster Parish.

He says another 7 to 10 inches of rain will fall in the next 24 to 36 hours.

Lt. Bill Davis of the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office says officers went door-to-door in the Fox Chase Subdivision to evacuate about 30 homes.

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This item has been corrected to show that 7 to 10 inches of rain is expected to fall in the next 24 to 36 hours, not the next 24 to 26 hours.

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2:35 a.m.

Forecasters say heavy rain is expected from the Texas Gulf Coast to southern Illinois, with the heaviest likely to fall in Southeast Texas and the Ozark and Ouachita (WAH'-chih-taw) mountains of Arkansas.

The National Weather Service says up to 7 inches of rain was expected through Wednesday and up to 12 inches by the end of the weekend along the Texas-Louisiana border and central Arkansas. Flash flood watches have been issued for areas from Port O'Connor, Texas, to near Springfield, Illinois.

The Shreveport Times reports 40 to 50 homes in northwestern Louisiana between Shreveport and Minden were flooded and 30 homes in a Haughton, Louisiana, subdivision were evacuated Tuesday night.

The flooding comes after severe thunderstorms raged across parts of Central and North Texas, spawning tornadoes that injured four people.