Houston, May 30: Central Texas authorities spotted a body during an aerial search today, bringing the death toll from flooding the state to five. It’s unclear whether the body found in Travis County near Austin is one of the two still missing in Texas. An 11-year-old boy is still missing in central Kansas, too.Also Read - Viral Video Captures The Exact Moment a Car Carrying Family of 5 Was Struck by Lightning | Watch
Torrential rains caused heavy flash flooding in some parts of the US over the last few days, and led to numerous evacuations in southeast Texas, including two prisons. But the threat of severe weather has lessened over the long Memorial Day holiday for many places, though Tropical Depression Bonnie continued to bring rain and wind to North and South Carolina. ALSO READ: Tornado kills four near Dallas, Texas: United States media Also Read - One Dead, 5 Others Injured in Texas Shooting; Gunman Arrested, Says Bryan Police
Near Austin, a crew aboard a county STAR Flight helicopter found a body Sunday on the north end of a retention pond near the Circuit of the Americas auto racing track, which is close to where two people were reported to have been washed away by a flash flood early Friday, Travis County sheriff’s spokesman Lisa Block said. The body still must be recovered and no identification has been made. Also Read - 5 Dead In Massive Crash Involving Over 80 Cars On Icy Texas Highway | Video
To the southeast along the rain-swollen Brazos River near Houston, prison officials evacuated about 2,600 inmates from two prisons to other state prisons because of expected flooding, Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jason Clark said. Inmates in a low-level security camp at a third prison in the area are being moved to the main prison building, Clark said.
All three prisons are in coastal Brazoria County, where the river empties into the Gulf of Mexico. “TDCJ officials continue to monitor the situation and are working with our state partners as the river level rises,” Clark said, noting that 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.
Another prison that’s about 70 miles northwest of Houston saw a brawl between inmates and correctional officers on Saturday that began when flooding caused a power outage. Clark estimated as many as 50 inmates in the 1,300-inmate prison were involved