The Latest: 3nd Body Found After North Texas Floods

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Fatalities As Freezing Rain, Floods And Ice Hit Central US.

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — At least four people have died in fast-moving floodwaters in North Texas as freezing rain and flooding pummeled the state and other parts of the central U.S. on Friday, with forecasters warning that the chilling weather would worsen over the holiday weekend. The driver is still missing at this time and the Fort Worth Fire Department says the search for her is on hold until later this morning due to dangerous flooding. “As Deputy Salazar approached the vehicle the rain and the water was at such a high rate of flow acorss the roadway as she was attempting to get into car where the trapped lady was she herself was swept into the water and taken downstream and lost,” said Terry Grisham, spokesman for the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. “We feared the worst for deptuty Salazar.” “We knew when we answered the 911 call that there was a life in danger and when Deputy Salazar arrived at scene she saw immeidalty that there was a life in danger so she put her own life on the line to try to do the rescue,” Grisham said. “While we are thanking God for our prayers being answered that Deputy Salazar has been found alive and we believe will recover, our thoughts and prayers are still with the family and the lady who is still trapped in the vehicle.” (©2015 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc.

A Tarrant County, Texas, sheriff’s deputy who clung to a tree for two hours was rescued early Friday after being overwhelmed by floodwaters while attempting to save a motorist who was stranded in her car. The motorist, a 70-year-old woman, was one of at least two people who remained missing after getting caught in high water overnight in Tarrant County, while another woman in Johnson County, Texas, was found dead Friday morning after her car was swept off a bridge.

November 27: By late Thursday, rainfall totals across North Texas ranged from a trace to about 3 inches, leaving the region just short of the record for most rainfall received over a calendar year. Garland fire spokesman Merrill Balanciere says that a search and rescue team was called to the scene about 8:30 a.m., but had to wait for the water to recede before checking the car.? ?The driver’s name hasn’t been released.

But it’s going to rain, especially as we head toward 3:30 kick-off, when the occasional shower turns to the “spotty storm,” in the words of Jason Dunn, meteorologist in the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office. Two people were rescued, but the third person’s body was recovered Friday morning near Mansfield, about 18 miles southeast of Fort Worth, sheriff’s spokesman Tim Jones said. Friday, dropping temperatures from 70 degrees at 3 a.m. to 48 degrees at 6 a.m., promises to make the weekend miserable for shoppers, football fans and travelers. Temperatures should continue to fall throughout the day, which means it will be wet and cold for the 6:30 p.m. kickoff of the TCU-Baylor football game at Amon G. A total 55.23 inches of rain has been recorded at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport this year, topping the annual rainfall record of 53.54 inches set in 1991.

The state transportation department discouraged travel in the Texas Panhandle after the storm front left dozens of major roads, bridges and overpasses covered in ice and snow. This will be round after round after round, waves of wet that’ll dry up at some point Sunday, by which point Dallas could collect anywhere between three to six inches — if not more in some spots. “This is spread out over several days, so there will be periods of moderate rainfall over time,” says Dunn. “Even though there’a a flash flood watch, it’s because the ground’s wet, and we put on that much rain we’ll see some flooding in the typical areas.”

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