Texas, Oklahoma Floods: 12 People Missing as More Rain Forecast


Tornadoes and dangerous thunderstorms menaced Texas and Oklahoma on Monday while rescuers searched for 12 people, including at least three young children, still missing from historic flooding over the weekend.

At least four people were confirmed dead in Sunday’s storms and flooding, including a 14-year-old boy in Texas who was found inside a storm drain and believed to have drowned. Across the border in Mexico, a twister killed at least 13 more.

The 12 missing in the small town of Wimberley, Texas, between Austin and San Antonio, included members of two families who were vacationing together. The house they were staying in was swept away by flash floods on Sunday, relatives told NBC News.

Among them were Laura McComb and her two children. Laura’s husband, Jonathan, was hospitalized with a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a broken sternum, his father, Joe McComb, told NBC News.

“They think a tree came along and knocked the house off, it was on piers,” he said. “At some point the house hit a bridge or something. They were being tossed around the house and then it hit something. They became separated at that point.”

He said his son was “still in a state of shock because of everything that just happened.”

Up to 72 structures in Wimberley were washed away, and 1,200 structures were damaged, said Kharley Smith, the emergency management coordinator in Hays County. Waters rose so quickly Sunday that roads turned to torrents, and 1,000 people were forced to evacuate.

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