3 dead, 12 missing in Texas Hill Country with more storms coming

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SAN MARCOS, TX – The bad news for central Texans is just getting worse.

Weekend storms left three people dead.

And now hays county officials say the number of missing has grown.

Officials say the 12 missing includes family members who had gathered for the holiday weekend.

Kharley Smith is the Hays County Emergency Management coordinator. “Yesterday we reported that we had a confirmed missing count of three and, as of this morning, that has increased to a confirmed missing count of twelve.”

The heavy rains and flash floods destroyed between 350 and 400 houses, and damaged maybe a thousand more. Two main bridges in Hays County no longer exist.

Rescuers used helicopters to save two men in eastern Hays County. One was 68-year-old Danny Pullen, stuck in his truck for more than an hour.

His daughter Hannah didn’t know if she would see him alive again. "I was like, 'Just hold on. Please, don't leave. Please, don't leave. I'm here for you. I'm here for you.' And he was just like, 'I don't know what to tell you. I'm sorry.'”

In North Texas, an EF-1 tornado did some damage when it hit Irving Sunday.

Even armadillos had to swim to high ground to escape the flooding in and around Denton.

Back in San Marcos, Hays County Judge Bert Cobb warns that the bad weather is not over. “The long-range weather forecast shows there will be showers probably the rest of this month. We can never let our guard down. We've got to always be vigilant.”

It’s probably save to say this weather ain’t fit for man nor beast.


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