May 27, 2013 in Nation/World

Searchers find teen flood victim’s body

Michael Graczyk Associated Press
 

SCHERTZ, Texas – Search teams on Sunday found the body of a teenager who was swept away by floodwaters as he tried to swim across a swollen creek near San Antonio, authorities said.

Avron Adams, 18, of Schertz, and a friend got caught Saturday in the swift waters of Cibolo Creek after about half a dozen friends swam across. One friend held on to a tree branch and got out, but Adams did not, officials said.

David Harris, a spokesman for Schertz, said searchers located Adams’ body near the water’s edge. Harris said Adams’ family has been notified.

“The body was found near where the search and rescue dogs had identified a scent,” Harris said.

The usually dry creek in Schertz, northeast of San Antonio, had dropped about 10 feet since Saturday. Other rivers in the San Antonio area and surrounding counties continued to drop after peaking above the flood stage, but flood warnings remained in effect Sunday. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for seven counties until 6 p.m. Sunday, saying thunderstorms could produce heavy rainfall.

Two women died Saturday after being swept away by floodwaters, some as high as 10 feet on some roads. Authorities did not immediately identify the women who died.

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