From treetops to floating trucks

Twenty-seven people rescued from Nueces River flood waters

Kimberly Rubio

Assistant editor

Seventeen 911 calls flooded the Uvalde Police Department dispatch office Sunday over a 3-4 hour period as first-responders, those stationed locally and others from the region, joined forces to bring 27 people stranded in rising water to safety.

The rescue effort was sparked by an 11-inch deluge in northwest Uvalde County that sent the Nueces River on a 14-foot rise in the space of 3-4 hours.

Individuals were rescued from vehicle roof tops and trees, where they scrambled for refuge, as the rising flood waters swept some vehicles from land and down river.

Fifteen of the 27 individuals were visiting from Floresville.

Uvalde Police Department telecommunications supervisor Myra Rodriguez and dispatcher Dora Elia Treviño received the first report at 8:18 a.m. In total, the duo fielded 17 requests for assistance. The office dispatched Uvalde County Sheriff’s Office, Uvalde Volunteer Fire Department and Uvalde EMS to the scene.

“We received calls from victims and also witnesses. They were saying that vehicles were stuck at the island that was inside the river,” Rodriguez said.


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