Dallas Man Swept Away In Flooding

Welcome rains caused problems from Fort Worth to Dallas.

Saturday's thunderstorms brought welcome rains but some unwelcome problems.

Witnesses said an afternoon outdoors may have turned tragic during Saturday’s storms. Curtis Williams said he and some friends gathered to go fishing at a creek near Interstate 30 and Samuell Boulevard in East Dallas. There, they met up with an acquaintance, a man they know by the nickname “Red Baron”.

But the day of fishing never began. Williams said the other man took a step into the water and was rushed away by the roaring current.

"Once he got into the water, the water just pushed him,” Williams said.

Williams said they saw the man’s coat pop up downstream, then saw the man himself.
They called 911, but lost sight of the man in the water once the current swept him under a nearby bridge.

Williams said the man looked as if he was struggling to swim and stay afloat.

"Once the water hit him, he just slid down there and disappeared,” Williams said, pointing to the other side of the bridge.

Dallas Fire-Rescue crews were on scene Saturday evening, but suspended the search just after 8 p.m.

First responders around DFW also responded to multiple rescues on Saturday involving flooded streets, trapped motorists, and stalled vehicles.

A roof collapse involving a commercial building was also reported along Jefferson Boulevard in Oak Cliff. 

In Fort Worth, NBC 5 viewer Jayme Rodriguez sent NBCDFW pictures and video of two stalled vehicles at the intersection of Camp Bowie Boulevard and Hulen Street. There were no injuries but the car and truck were towed away.

Some people in downtown Fort Worth enjoyed the cool, damp weather.

"It's cool, it's wet, it's windy," said Seth Black and Julie Schwartz of Fort Worth. "It's not 110 degrees with a humidity level of 100 percent. So we think it's beautiful." 

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