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Bodies recovered from Texas floods

May 2, 2004

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— Two toddlers swept away in a stalled car were found dead Saturday, bringing to five the number of people killed in North Texas floods during weekend storms.

Police said the toddlers were in their father's car, which was swept away just after midnight Friday after it stalled on a bridge in Corsicana. The children's father was trying to pull them from the vehicle when it was carried away, police said.

The body of a man whose vehicle was swept against a guard rail by rising waters also was found Saturday. The vehicle's passenger got out safely, police said.

In Fort Worth, a woman and her 2 1/2-year-old son died Friday night after she tried to drive across a flooded road, said fire department spokesman Lt. Kent Worley.

The woman's 1 1/2-year-old son, who was presumed dead, had not been found by Saturday afternoon.

Worley said the woman apparently had stopped at the crossing but decided to drive across after a van passed her and made it safely through already deep water. Her car was swept down a drainage ditch that empties into a creek, and was caught in trees about 75 to 100 yards downstream.

Storms pushed into the Houston area Saturday, bringing hail and at least one tornado.

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