Monday, a 60-year-old lady died in Dallas County, Texas, after her vehicle was swept away by flood waters generated by strong thunderstorms in the state, according to Texas officials.
“We are reporting our first fatality in Dallas County, Texas,” tweeted County Judge Clay Jenkins. “A 60-year-old woman perished when her car was washed away by floodwaters.
Please say a prayer for her husband and family. Even less than an inch of water on highways can cause a car to lose control.”
Just hours before the declaration, Jenkins had declared a state of emergency in Dallas County and requested assistance from the state and federal government for flood-affected citizens.
The NBC station KXAS identified the deceased woman as the mother of three, Jolene Jarrell.
The outlet stated that Jarrell was driving for a ride-sharing service and had just dropped off a client before she encountered flooding.
Chief Rusty Wilson of the Mesquite Fire Department told KXAS that Jarrell was on the phone with her husband when the car began to fill with water. As the call reached her knees, it was disconnected.
“They told me that they were on the phone with her when they lost touch, so they were actively searching for her,” Wilson said of the family.
Although several media publications reported that Jarrell was driving for Uber at the time of the incident, the business refuted those claims.
Andrea Lucia of the CBS affiliate KTVT tweeted that Jarrell’s family and friends hailed her as “a hardworking mother who sacrificed her life for $18.”
“She was the best possible mother and grandmother. She was the family’s glue and pillar and did not deserve this “Jason, the spouse of Jarrell, stated KTVT.
According to KXAS, Jason is the individual who located his wife’s SUV after her passing. After being discovered, the truck was positioned upside down beneath a bridge, as captured by the outlet’s footage.
According to FOX affiliate KDFW, Mesquite, located east of Dallas, experienced over 12 inches of precipitation on Monday.
The nine inches of rain that dropped over Dallas Fort Worth Airport over the course of 24 hours on Sunday was, according to the National Weather Service Fort Worth, the most rain the area has received over that time period since 1932.