One Missing As Torrential Rains Flood Texas

Much of North, Central and East Texas was under flood warnings Wednesday and one person has been reported missing after torrential rains early this morning caused widespread flash flooding.

Up to 8 inches of rain fell in areas between Waco and Dallas-Fort Worth — with the heaviest rain detected near the Jonesboro community, 41 miles west of Waco.

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Flooding continued to be reported late Wednesday morning along rural creeks between Dallas and Waxahachie. Heavy rainfall flooded roads just south of Dallas and Fort Worth, including the heavily traveled northbound lanes of Interstate 35E near the Dallas-Ellis county line.

Areas around Corsicana and nearby Richland-Chambers Reservoir were placed under tornado warnings briefly Wednesday. There were no confirmed tornado sightings, but authorities report billboards and power lines were blown down and trees were uprooted along Interstate 45, about 4 miles southeast of Richland.

The search of a creek continued in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes for a 29-year-old woman who has been missing since a car was swept from a flooded bridge early Wednesday.

Police say the woman and her 24-year-old male companion managed to escape the car and cling to branches, waiting for help. The man was rescued, but the woman was swept away by the flood waters. No identities have been released.