The Latest: Woman found dead in Hill Country after flood

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Posted: May 29, 2016 5:21 PM
The Latest: Woman found dead in Hill Country after flood

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on severe weather and flooding around the U.S. (all times local):

4:20 p.m.

Flash flooding in the Texas Hill Country has left at least one person dead and widespread damage in at least one town.

Kendall County sheriff's Cpl. Reid Daly says Cypress Creek had flooded a street in the town of Comfort, about 45 miles north of San Antonio, when a car containing three people was swept from the street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

The driver made it to shore, and a female passenger was rescued from a tree. But Daly says 23-year-old Florida Molima was missing until her body was found around 11 a.m. Sunday about 8 miles downstream. She becomes the sixth flood-related death in Texas this Memorial Day weekend.

In Bandera, about 45 miles northwest of San Antonio, an estimated 10 inches of rain overnight led to rescues of nine people and widespread damage, including the collapse of the roof of the Bandera Bulletin, the weekly newspaper. Photos from the area showed campers and trailers stacked against each other, but no injuries were reported.

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2:55 p.m.

Authorities say an aerial search in Central Texas has found the body of a flood victim near Austin.

That brings the death toll in Texas due to flooding over the Memorial Day weekend to five.

Travis County sheriff's spokesman Lisa Block says the crew aboard a county STAR Flight helicopter found the body on the north end of a retention pond near the Circuit of the Americas auto racing track Sunday. That's close to where two people were reported to have been washed away by flash flood waters early Friday.

The body still must be recovered and no identification has been made, so it's uncertain if the body is one of those missing.

If so, that would lower the number of people still missing from the floods at two.

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2 p.m.

Peace has been restored at a southeast Texas state prison after a brawl between inmates and correctional officers that began when flooding caused a power outage.

The incident happened about 10 p.m. Saturday at the Luther Unit prison in Navasota, about 70 miles northwest of Houston. Texas prison system spokesman Jason Clark says flooding forced the prison to emergency generator power, but the generator malfunctioned.

Correctional officers ordered inmates back to their cells, but some refused to comply. Clark estimates as many as 50 inmates in the 1,300-inmate prison were involved, and three were sent to a hospital — one for stiches and two for unrelated medical issues.

Clark says there were no escapes.

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8:45 a.m.

Texas prison officials are evacuating about 2,600 inmates from two prisons near the rain-swollen Brazos River because of expected flooding.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark says the inmates started to be moved Sunday morning from the Terrell and Stringfellow Units in Rosharon, about 30 miles south of Houston. They're being transferred by buses to other prisons that have available space.

At a third prison in the area, Ramsey Unit inmates in a low-level security camp are being moved to the main prison building.

Clark says additional food and water has been delivered to prisons that are getting the displaced inmates and sandbags have been filled and delivered to the prisons where flooding is anticipated.

All three prisons are in coastal Brazoria County, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico.

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7:30 a.m.

The search for a missing boy who was swept away in a swollen creek in Kansas will resume Sunday.

The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/1XYifED ) reports the Wichita Fire Department Battalion Chief Scott Brown says Saturday's search for the boy, who disappeared Friday night while trying to cross a creek, took 14 hours.

Sunday's search will expand beyond the creek, which is not flooded anymore, to the Arkansas River.

Rain is in the forecast for the Wichita area Sunday.

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12:20 a.m.

At least three people are still missing after torrential rain in Texas and Kansas this week led to flooding rivers, washed out roads and left four people dead.

In Kansas, the search for a missing 11-year-old boy was suspended late Saturday because of darkness and the fatigue of first responders, according to Wichita Fire Department battalion chief Scott Brown. The boy was swept away in a swollen creek on Friday night.

Near Austin in Travis County, Texas, officials planned to resume aerial searches on Sunday for two missing people whose vehicle was swept off a flooded roadway after the area got 9 inches of rain, said emergency services spokeswoman Lisa Block.

Four people have died in Texas from the flooding.