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Flash floods kill at least six in Texas

Toddler missing, presumed dead after being swept away


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(CNN) -- Flash floods in Texas have killed six people, including two toddlers, and one child is still missing after weekend storms passed through the state.

Three adults and three children drowned when their vehicles were swept off roads after a wave of thunderstorms washed across North Texas late Friday and early Saturday, law enforcement officials said.

In Corsicana, about 50 miles south of Dallas, two adults and two toddlers died: a 33-year-old man when his vehicle was swept off the road; and a father with his two young sons, who also got trapped in a vehicle.

At about 1:30 p.m. (2:30 p.m. ET), the Corsicana Police Department recovered the bodies of the two boys -- ages 1 and 2.

Their father drowned trying to rescue the children before his vehicle washed down the flooded Post Oak Creek, Corsicana Police Department spokesman Sgt. Lewis Palos said.

The body of the 33-year-old man was recovered in Corsicana about 7:05 a.m. (8:05 a.m.) in a pasture about a quarter-mile from where his vehicle went off the road, police said.

In Fort Worth, Texas, a mother and her 2-year-old son also drowned when their vehicle got caught in floodwaters, the Fort Worth Fire Department said.

The woman's 18-month-old was also in the car but was lost in a murky creek and presumed dead, Fire Department spokesman Lt. Kent Worley said. Authorities called off the search for the boy about 3 p.m. (4 p.m. ET) Saturday, he said.

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An aerial photograph shows the scene where a toddler was swept away by floodwaters.

"At this point, it doesn't look hopeful that we will recover the child," Worley said. "We could continue to search from sun up to sun down and still not find the child because of the debris in the water."

According to Worley, high waters washed the family's vehicle into Sycamore Creek and trapped the 2-year-old inside, submerged in water. The mother got out but also drowned after resuscitation attempts failed, he said.

Worley said officials decided to suspend the search for the 18-month-old after more than 22 rescuers combed several miles along the creek without finding anything.

"There's a lot of underbrush, tree roots, debris -- things that could hide and hold an individual, and that makes it an even more difficult search," he said.


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