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SWIFT WATER RESCUE: San Marcos Fire Department, STAR Flight crews rescue 8 from flood water after heavy rainfall

During heavy rains early Thursday morning, San Marcos first responders rescued eight and two dogs from the flood.

San Marcos Fire Chief Les Stevens said the San Marcos Fire Department, San Marcos / Hays County EMS, and the San Marcos Police Department have multiple nights and early Thursday mornings with the support of other city departments and STAR Flight. He said he had responded to the rescue request.

“The San Marcos Fire Department would like to thank the crew of many street departments and San Marcos police officers for the overnight efforts that definitely prevented many other rescue situations.” Stevens said in an email.

Paramedics were first dispatched to 300 North Interstate 35 around 1:30 am on Thursday. SMPD found two individuals clinging to a tree in fast-moving water east of the access road near Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers restaurant. SMFD Truck 3 was installed, reaching an individual with an aerial extension of about 75 feet. Stevens said he was able to leave the pair of vehicles after being flushed into the water and cling to the trees before the first responders arrived.

According to Stevens, the crew was then dispatched to Route 80 at around 5:37 am, with six people in the area in need of help from the Blanco River. SMFD has deployed two Zodiac Hayami rescue boats to find and eliminate five of the six victims. Stevens added that the sixth victim was reportedly seriously injured in the foot or ankle before the flood on Thursday morning. The victim was discovered by SMFD personnel and safely lifted by a STARFlight helicopter. Stevens said everyone rescued refused to care for and transport EMS. However, some were taken to local shelters for additional assistance. Two victim dogs were also found and rescued safely.

According to Stevens, a seventh person in need of rescue was first reported, but was later found to have left the area before the floods struck. The individual was placed intact.

According to the National Meteorological Service, San Marcos had 4 to 7 inches of rain overnight, including 7.37 inches of rain recorded in one area.



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