One Drowned, One Missing after 'Furious' Flood in San Antonio, Texas

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Rescue teams were due to resume their search Friday morning for a person missing after torrential rains triggered “fast and furious” flood waters in San Antonio, Texas.

One man was already confirmed to have drowned after he was carried away in high waters on the city’s North Side.

Just over an inch of rain fell at San Antonio International Airport in about 30 minutes on Thursday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Firefighters were called at about 5:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. ET) after one of three men sitting under a bridge was swept into debris and taken under. “The deceased is described as a male around 50 years of age of Hispanic origin,” San Antonio Fire Department spokeswoman Deborah Foster said.

“With San Antonio, everything is so dry for so long when it comes its fast and furious … then we start to have this issue. It happens here a lot,” she said. "The waters were very high. They come in swift, cause damage, and then recede quickly."

She said the missing person was reported at about the same time.

“We have conflicting reports and are unsure if they are male or female,” adding that the operations was “being treated as a recovery” and would resume in the morning.

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