WFAA-TV, Dallas-Fort Worth
Published 12:19 PM EDT Sep 9, 2018
Three people, including a mother and her toddler, died in two separate drowning incidents in Fort Worth as heavy rain caused flooding Saturday, officials said.
In both incidents, the victims were inside vehicles that were swept away by floodwaters.
The first incident happened about noon off of a Loop 820 service road near Wilbarger Street. A woman was driving on the service road when the flooding swept her car into 30-foot deep waters, Battalion Chief James McAmis said.
Dive crews found the woman and a toddler dead in the car. Family identified the victims as Jessica Romero, 18, and her 2-year-old daughter Llaylanii. A Gofundme account has been set up to help the family.
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The second flood drowning happened nearby, in the 4200 block of South Cravens Road, where a man in his 70s also had his vehicle washed away, officials said. The water was several feet above a bridge on Cravens Road, and the flooding carried the man's car about 100 feet down a creek.
Alex Juarez was driving behind the man's vehicle when the high water swept the car away. Juarez called 911 and tried to help, but rescuers could not find the car until floodwaters receded.
"The car tried to cross the channel, and the water just swept it away," he said. "We could just see the rooftop of the car, and we were trying to make sure it was a car."
The victim in the second drowning incident has not yet been identified.
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