Rain pelts Texas, Oklahoma as deadly storm lingers
AUSTIN, Texas -- Rain soaked the Plains states on Monday in a lingering storm blamed for five dead, two missing and more than 1,000 people stranded over the Memorial Day weekend. The storm's latest lashing caused some minor flooding and road closures.
Much of southeast Texas was expected to get 1 to 2 inches of rain with some areas getting 3 to 5 inches, said Matt Moreland, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Houston. Ten inches fell overnight in the town of Hallettsville.
In Oklahoma, more than 1,000 campers trapped in their cars by flash flooding on Sunday were able to leave Turner Falls Park near Davis on Monday. No injuries were reported.
Park officials had opened a building inside the park to allow rain-soaked campers to dry out, and the Red Cross delivered food and supplies, park manager Tom Graham said.
By 8 a.m. Monday, the floodwaters subsided enough so that motorists could cross the low-water road leading to the campgrounds.
"The park is going to be closed for two or three days," Graham said. "We've still got a lot of cleanup to do."
Flood warnings were issued for parts of Oklahoma and Texas. Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued as far north as Wyoming and South Dakota.
At Guadalupe River State Park in Texas, public access to the river was reopened Monday afternoon with a word of caution.
"We advise all but the most experienced people to stay out of the water," said park superintendent Mark Abolafia-Rosenzweig.
On Sunday, firefighters rescued more than two dozen people as the Guadalupe spilled over its banks in Central Texas. After taking refuge from the rain under a bridge, 17 people had to be rescued as the river rose, said Mark Reynolds, a public information officer with the Comal County Sheriff's Office.
The two men missing since Thursday when their vehicles were swept away are presumed dead. Both of their vehicles were found.
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