Two men swept away; one body found

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by MARCUS MOORE

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Posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 19 at 5:48 PM

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Firefighters in Dallas and Fort Worth continued searching Sunday for two men who were swept away by rushing water in separate incidents on Saturday night.

Witnesses said they saw a fisherman go undr in a rain-swollen East Dallas creek around 6 p.m. during Saturday evening's storms.

The unidentified man ignored warnings and was seen trying to cross White Rock Creek near the 3800 block of Samuell Boulevard shortly after 7 o'clock when he fell into the water, floated downstream and disappeared.

"He was just flapping his arms in the water," said Curtis Williams, who watched the tragedy unfold.

Dallas Fire-Rescue launched a search for the missing person using an inflatable rescue boat. The search resumed on Sunday morning.

There was a flash flood warning for Dallas at the time of the incident.

In Fort Worth, a man called 911 after a friend was swept underwater by a creek in a quarry near Trammel Davis Road and South Norwood Drive around 10:15 p.m. Saturday.

"They were just out here sort of enjoying the environment, and the missing person said that he wanted to cool off, so he did step into the water and was swept away immediately," said Fort Worth Fire Department Battalion Chief Richard Harrison. "The missing person surfaced shortly after, stated, 'I'm okay,' and that was the last that the witness heard of him."

The Fort Worth Fire Department high-water rescue team searched unsuccessfully until 1 a.m. Sunday. They found the victim's body about 12:40 Sunday afternoon. No identity was released.

High water forced the shutdown of Trinity View Park in Irving Saturday evening, where a softball tournament was under way.

Some cars in the parking lot were flooded up to their doors. Three people were rescued, but no one was hurt.

Saturday's stormy weather also caught some drivers off guard. We found several motorists stuck at Baylor University Medical Center, unable to start their cars along the streets of the hospital complex.

Part of the hospital's parking garage also flooded, damaging about 20 vehicles. A fire truck that was parked there also was caught up in the high water, but nobody was trapped or hurt.

In Fort Worth, drivers ignored advice to "turn around, don't drown" and just tried to plow through the water — even when it was so high the street looked more like a river.

Traffic cones floated away, and traffic slowed to a crawl.

One motorist was overwhelmed near Bledsoe and Currie streets near Farrington Field. He had to get out of his car and start pushing it toward higher ground.

Meteorologist Steve McCauley said rainfall totals in North Texas ranged between 1 and 4 inches.

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