EAGLE PASS, Texas -- Residents in Maverick County were evacuated from their homes and rescued from rooftops in the middle of the night as flood waters crept back up hours after low-lying areas were already swamped by heavy rains.
On Saturday morning, families waited anxiously as the Department of Public Safety, Border Patrol agents and local authorities continued rescuing residents from their homes and rooftops.
The Maverick County Sheriff's Office said no deaths have been reported, although some livestock drowned in the flood.
The mandatory evacuation was called in around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
Maverick County and surrounding border counties have been dealing with flooding since Friday morning. The rain subsided on Friday afternoon but picked back up into the evening, dumping 10.71 inches on Eagle Pass since 10 p.m. Friday night, according to the National Weather Service.
A flood warning has been issued along the Rio Grande at Eagle Pass until 10 p.m. Saturday. A flash flood watch has been extended until 9 p.m. for parts of Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Dimmit, Edwards, Frio, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kinney, Maverick, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde and Zavala counties.
The bulk of the high-water rescues are occurring just north of Eagle Pass, where US 277 crosses a usually dry Elm Creek. At one point, the creek covered the bridge by about 12 feet.
Flooded neighborhoods include Seco Mines, Siesta Acres, Deer Run and Elm Creek.
The Eagle Pass Emergency Operation Center has opened a shelter at the San Luis Center, 1490 Williams St. Anyone needing help should call police at 830-773-9044.
Additional shelters have been opened at Seco Mines Community Center, 2989 Sanchez Ave.; Sam Houston Elementary School, 2781 FM 1021; and Pueblo Nuevo Center, Calle Ruela.
According to the city's website, Persons who live in low lying areas and those who live in weak structures should take all necessary precautions to safeguard from possible severe weather and flooding.