More than a foot of rain falls in some areas
The Associated Press, July 22, 2007
KNIPPA, Texas - Storms dumped more than a foot of rain on parts of Texas on Saturday, stranding more than 170 passengers on an Amtrak train for hours and forcing rescue crews elsewhere to pull at least 50 people to safety.
Water covering the tracks in Knippa, about 75 miles west of San Antonio, stopped a westbound Amtrak train carrying 176 passengers around 9 a.m. CDT. Amtrak spokeswoman Vernae Graham said buses were driving the passengers to
The train never lost power, but buses could not reach it until early Saturday evening because of flooded roads, Graham said.
No serious injuries were reported in the states latest round of flooding, which closed many roads and forced evacuations.
Parts of northern Uvalde and
Seco Creek overflowed, inundating the town of
Boats, fire trucks and helicopters rescued stranded residents, but only one minor injury was reported, Brown said. A shelter was opened in nearby Hondo, but Brown said he didnt know how many residents would stay there.
The water is going down. Things are getting better, Brown said.
Other than a couple of days, weve had rain for the last three to four weeks, he said. The ground is saturated. Any rain we get is resulting in flooding.
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