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Flash floods forced more than 1,000 evacuations and numerous rescues across Oklahoma and Texas, as officials warned a “historic” deluge was still to come on Sunday.
One firefighter in Oklahoma drowned after being swept away by flood waters. The heavy rainfall also washed out roads, trapped residents and knocked out power to thousands.
At least 60,000 customers were without power in Oklahoma and Texas on Saturday night — including more than 30,000 in the Austin area alone, The Weather Channel reported.
Flash flooding was expected to worsen across parts of Texas and Oklahoma as more torrential rains batter the already hard-hit region, according to The Weather Channel.
A state of emergency was in effect for 44 Oklahoma counties. The entire state was under flash-flood watches and warnings, and at least 15 highways were shut down due to flood waters.
One firefighter died after he was swept away by fast-moving flood waters in the city of Claremore, according to Oklahoma officials. Thomas Hudson, a Rodgers County emergency management official, said said the firefighter was trying to rescue civilians early Sunday when he was swept into the water and drowned. Several roads in and around the city were impassable and a few houses were flooded in Claremore, Hudson added.
Six inches of rain triggered flash flooding in Elk City, about 100 miles west of Oklahoma City. Elk City EMS said as many as 30 people were displaced.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma warned motorists about the risk road conditions.
“This is a recipe for disaster,” it said in a tweet. “DO NOT DRIVE INTO Water!”
Courtesy of nbcnews.com