One person died in flash floods in El Paso, Texas, USA

One person died and another was seriously injured when heavy rain and flooding caused the wall of a home to collapse in El Paso, Texas.

The victims were trying to evacuate the home before the wall collapsed. “Firefighters worked to extract the victims from under the wall while the living room continued to flood. Firefighters and medical services transported both to a local hospital, where the woman was pronounced deceased,” El Paso city officials said.

Continued heavy rains have left large areas of the city of El Paso under floodwaters. Sandbags are being distributed to protect property. El Paso emergency responders responded to several cases where cars were stranded or swept away by water after drivers attempted to drive through the flooding. Roads were also flooded across the border in Mexico, causing traffic congestion in Ciudad Juárez.

The National Weather Service in El Paso reported that 3.75 inches (95.25 mm) of rain fell in northeast El Paso during Aug. 12. More rain is expected over the weekend, and flash flood warnings remain in effect.

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