CANADIAN, TX – The National Weather Service has made it official that it was a real-for-sure tornado that touched down near the town of Canadian in the Texas panhandle. It damaged a drilling rig and sent three people to the hospital with serious injuries.
The search continues in the Texas Hill Country for survivors or victims of the Memorial Day weekend flash flood on the Blanco River in Hays county.
Three members of the McComb family and two other families are among the missing. They were spending the weekend in a house in Wimberly when the flood knocked the house into the river.
Jonathon McComb said he watched the raging water carry off his wife and children in separate directions while he struggled to survive.
The river carried him seven miles before depositing him on the shore.
Friends and family thanked the public for their help and support.
“We are 100-percent committed to finding Laura, Andrew, Leighton, Randy, Will, Ralph, and Sue, said family spokesperson Kellye Burke. “We will need your support to keep this mission and the stories alive in the days, weeks, and months ahead.”
Governor Abbott has declared a state of disaster in 46 counties. And President Obama has promised to cut through the red tape to help the area recover.
“There's gonna be a lot of rebuilding and we as a nation are gonna have to help the same way we do anytime folks are affected by these natural disasters."
Meantime, the folks up around Midlothian in Ellis county are anxiously watching their dam that sprung a leak during storms.
It’s holding for now, but that could change if another big storm hits this weekend.