Two bodies found in the aftermath of devastating floods in Central Texas were identified Friday as 6-year-old Andrew McComb and 73-year-old Dr. Ralph Hugh Carey, who were swept away with seven other people staying in a vacation home over the Memorial Day weekend.
Five of the people from two different families, who were washed into the swollen Blanco River in Wimberley, Texas, were still considered missing Friday.
"We have just been notified by authorities that Dr. Ralph Hugh Carey was found and did not survive. As you can imagine, our family is absolutely devastated,” said Carey’s family in a statement Friday night.
Andrew McComb’s body was found Wednesday just outside of Wimberley and identified Friday, Hays County emergency management coordinator Kharley Smith said during a news conference earlier Friday.
The body of Michelle Carey-Charba, 43, another person staying in the home, was discovered Wednesday.
Andrew McComb's father, Jonathan McComb, was the only person staying in the home who was found alive.
McComb's wife, Laura, and their 4-year-old daughter, Leighton, remain missing, along with Carey-Charba's husband, Randy Charba, their 6-year-old son, Will, and her mother, Sue Carey.
"We’re going to exhaust every effort," to find them, said Kenneth Bell, the emergency management coordinator for San Marcos, Hays County.
The persistent severe weather throughout the week in the Plains left at least 27 people dead across Texas and Oklahoma — and it wasn’t over yet.
Most of both states, as well as parts of Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas, were under flash flood warnings Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Texas on Friday, making federal funding available to affected individuals in three counties hit by this week's floods.
Part of Wharton, Texas, a city about 65 miles west of Houston, was under mandatory evacuation orders Friday night as the Colorado River continued to rise, according to the city’s office of emergency management. Parts of four nearby counties situated to the south of the swelling Brazos River were also under mandatory evacuations, according to NBC affiliate KPRC.
Residents in Dallas were warned to stay home in anticipation of a downpour Friday night following five inches that fell Thursday night, breaking a record for the wettest May in the city’s history. “This will be a great night to stay home, watch a movie and cook some popcorn,” said Dallas Police Chief Scott Walton.
Parts of the southern Plains likely won’t see relief from the rain until late in the weekend, according to Weather.com. The slow-moving storms and saturated ground make the chances for flash flooding high through Sunday, Weather.com reported.