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Oct 31, 2013

flood-floodwaters-Austin-Texas-central-flooding-rescue-truth-frequency-radio-chris-geo-sheree-geo-alternative-media-news-informationBy DIANA HEIDGERD and WILL WEISSERT, Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Heavy rains across Central Texas created a frightening scene for a couple whose SUV was swept away by floodwaters, leaving them clinging to trees for hours until a helicopter rescued them on Halloween morning.

It was one of dozens of rescues across a region that’s been dealing with an ongoing drought, as relentless downpours overnight swelled creeks and rivers and triggered flash floods with little warning.

The National Weather Service said more than a foot of rain fell across Texas’ midsection, including up to 14 inches in Wimberley, southwest of Austin.

“It looks to be one of the worst areas with the heaviest rainfall totals,” meteorologist Steve Smart said.

The storm system stretches across much of the nation, from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, and carries heavy rain and strong winds. In South Texas, Houston motorists were slowed during morning rush hour because of downpours and sporadic flooding.

Emergency crews in and around Austin responded to more than 100 rescue calls, often with boats and life rafts, officials said, but few were more harrowing than one in Buda, about 10 miles south of the capital city.

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