Body of Blanco County woman swept away by floodwaters recovered from river

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BLANCO COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — The body of a Blanco County woman who was swept away by flood waters on Friday night was recovered.

Blanco County Emergency Services District 2 responders along with sheriff deputies were dispatched to the 3000 block of Ranch Road 165 to reports of a vehicle in the water around 8 p.m. The area is in between Tejas Trail and Triesch Place Road. 

ESD 2 units arrived within minutes and found three feet of water over the roadway but did not find the vehicle, according to a spokesperson with the Blanco County Office of Emergency Management.

Blanco County Communications employees got a call from the people trapped inside the vehicle and were able to track it using GPS technology, which showed it had been swept downstream in the Blanco River. 

The ESD responders had to reroute themselves eight miles down the road to access the waterway on the other side of the Blanco River because they couldn’t get through the roadways. When they got there, they couldn’t find the vehicle at the last known location but keep looking. About 800 yards downstream, they did rescue a woman from rushing water. 

She was treated and released to family in good condition.

Responders were not able to find a vehicle or the other person that was swept away at that time. Because of the water’s conditions, they couldn’t deploy a boat, and though they requested air resources from STARflight, Austin Police, the Texas Department of Public Safety and Texas Parks and Wildlife, no one was able to respond, possibly due to rescues they were being called to, as well.

Around 10:40 p.m., the water level started receding so responders were able to find the submerged vehicle about 1200 yards away from where it first left the roadway. Swift water rescue crews from Texas Task Force One and Texas Game Wardens were deployed at about 11:45 p.m., but the second victim’s body was found 60 yards downstream about 10 minutes later. 

Justice of the Peace H.R. Riley pronounced the 74-year-old woman dead just after 1 a.m. on Saturday. Her name is not being released at this time. 

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