Heavy bout of Texas rains result in flooding, water rescues

Staff Report

The Associated Press

KNIPPA, Texas (AP) - Flooding stranded an Amtrak train on Saturday after water covered the tracks in Knippa, about 75 miles west of San Antonio.

At least 50 people were pulled to safety, including some from rooftops by helicopter during heavy showers around the Alamo City.

No fatalities or serious injuries were reported, and by late afternoon, numerous roads closed earlier by high waters from more than a foot of rain in some areas began reopening.

Water covering the tracks stopped the westbound Amtrak train carrying 176 passengers around 9 A-M. Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said buses would transport the passengers to El Paso, where they would board another train.

The train never lost power and buses could not reach the train earlier because of flooded roads.

In southern Guadalupe County overnight, a possible tornado damaged four businesses and at least one house.

Police in Uvalde reported street closures across the city, but no mandatory evacuations or rescues. Road closures and rescues were also reported in Kendall County, and some campgrounds along the Medina River were evacuated.