http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WEATHER/06/19/texas.storms.ap/GAINESVILLE, Texas (AP) -- More search teams and trained dogs were brought in Tuesday as authorities expanded their search for a 2-year-old girl whose family's home was swept away during flooding blamed for at least five deaths.
The girl and her 5-year-old sister, mother and grandmother were all inside the mobile home when it was washed down Pecan Creek early Monday after torrential storms poured nearly a foot of rain on parts of North Texas.
Their mother was rescued, but the bodies of the oldest child and 60-year-old grandmother were recovered from the water, Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Rebecca Uresti said.
Authorities also were looking for at least four other people Tuesday, searching the creek and checking to see if the four were among the hundreds forced from their homes and staying in two shelters.
Gov. Rick Perry sent three helicopters and Texas National Guard troops and equipment to help with the searches.
About 500 homes were flooded in and around Gainesville along the Oklahoma state line. At one point, about 450 displaced residents had sought refuge at the shelters. (Watch floodwaters flow through Gainesville Video)
Among the other victims of the flooding, 4-year-old Alexanderia Collins died after she was swept away in Haltom City, about 60 miles south in the Fort Worth suburb of Haltom City. (Watch rescuers pull residents from rooftops Video)
A woman died in Sherman, about 35 miles east of Gainesville, after her car stalled in rising water and was swept away, police said. A 74-year-old man died in Grayson County after driving into high water, authorities reported.
Associated Press Writer
MARBLE FALLS, Texas (AP) - Weary from constant downpours that have claimed 11 lives in the last 11 days, residents of central Texas braced for yet another deluge Thursday.
About 3 inches of rain fell overnight in some areas, far short of the 10 inches forecast, but more was expected during the day and flash flood warnings were in effect.
Almost a week of nonstop rain - including 18 inches near Marble Falls on Wednesday morning - left dozens of people stranded on rooftops, cars and in trees. No fatalities were reported in the latest storm.
Marble Falls, about 40 miles northwest of Austin, was spared any rain overnight, but Williamson County north of Austin got about 3 more inches. Storms near Austin and San Antonio were expected to dump at least 4 more inches of rain Thursday, and up to 10 inches if any of the weather systems merge, the National Weather Service said.
Early Wednesday, the downpour and winds were so treacherous that helicopters were forced to halt efforts to rescue people from rooftops. Marble Falls Mayor Raymond Whitman said there were 32 high-water rescues, and Austin-area officials said there were reports of up to 20 people needing to be saved.
Whitman, whose own living room was filled with water, said some looting had been reported in flood-damaged areas. No curfew had been mandated in this town of 7,200, but Whitman said he would institute one if people were out.
Lakefront residents in two subdivisions near Buchanan Dam were advised to evacuate. In one area, about seven families were evacuated from their homes by helicopter because the roads were not passable.
The Texas National Guard dispatched troops and vehicles to Central Texas, as well as other areas hit by storms from the Oklahoma border to the Rio Grande Valley. About 150 troops and 50 vehicles were mobilized.
Whitman said the flooding washed out three bridges and also tore the back wall off the funeral home. He also warned that more rains could cause bigger problems.
``The ground is fully saturated ... it could be severe,'' Whitman said. ``If people do not pay attention and move to high ground, it is very possible that there will be fatalities.''
In Georgetown, north of Austin, 10 people were evacuated from three homes Thursday morning because of flooding on a branch of the San Gabriel River, said Keith Hutchinson, the city's public information officer. There were no reports of injuries.
Authorities also closed several impassable roads in surrounding Williamson County. Some cars stalled in the high water, but the occupants were able to get out without the help of rescue workers, county spokeswoman Connie Watson said.
Rains drenched North Texas as well, creating flooding along some creeks and rivers. Floodwaters were rising along the Brazos River after the Brazos River Authority opened the floodgates on the Possum Kingdom dam.
In Parker County west of Fort Worth, County Judge Mark Riley has declared an emergency and ordered mandatory evacuation of subdivisions along the Brazos.
It's the wettest year on record in Austin, where more than 30 inches of rain has fallen since January, and Dallas-Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls have near-records. The rainfall has more than compensated for a drought that much of Texas had been experiencing since 2005, the National Weather Service said.
Citing the bad weather, American Airlines is letting affected travelers change tickets once without a fee. Passengers on the nation's largest carrier, based in Fort Worth, can change reservations as late as July 9 for original travel dates between June 26 and July 1.