The death toll in Texas due to heavy rain and flood has increased to three after a 14-year-old boy named Damien Blade and his dog were found dead.
The bodies of the boy and his dog were found by DeSoto police after officers carried out search operation with dogs on Monday. The bodies were found in a storm drain near Blade’s house.
Investigators say they might have been drowned due to the flood, but investigations are still underway.
According to police statement, Damien’s family him missing around 10 p.m. on Sunday after one of their two dogs was spotted alone in the house covered with mud.
The family said they saw last him with the dogs 4 p.m. in the afternoon. They said that Damien enjoyed traveling around the storm drains of the neighborhood.
Authorities informed that one more person was killed on Sunday. On Saturday, a high school senior died after her car was trapped in high water.
Texas gov. Greg Abbott said the damage caused by the flood in Central Texas is “absolutely devastating“.
Heavy rains destroyed hundreds of homes. The search teams ended their operations to trace flood survivors on Monday nightfall. Trey Hatt, spokesman for Hays County Emergency Operations Center, said that “the search component is over.” No more survivors are assumed to be found in the flood debris.
Hatt informs recovery operations will kick-start on Tuesday.