Two bodies were found Thursday downstream from a flooded RV Park in Junction, TX where three people from Flomaton are missing.
The Texas A&M Forest Service said two bodies were found along the edge of the river, nine miles downstream from the RV park. Officials have not publicly identified the victims whose bodies were found.
Joey Huss, Charlotte Moye and MIke McGee, all from Flomaton, have been missing since Monday morning when water from the Llano River flooded the RV park where they were staying. A man from TX is also missing.
“We are still in search and rescue mode,” said.Christi Powers with the Texas A&M Forest Service.
Emergency crews from approximately eight local, state and federal agencies are searching the riverbed for any indication of the missing people. The river has continued to recede, to the advantage of search and rescue teams.
“I know that there is some predicted rainfall for this weekend, but right now it’s sunny and so we have good visibility… when it comes to aerial, and then we also have more land to work with as the river has receded,” Powers explained.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife helicopter was deployed again Thursday to search new areas from the sky and take a closer look at spots already searched.
In the hours after the river swelled, first responders helped evacuate 45 people and rescue 19 more, officials said. Three others from Flomaton were among those rescued.
Family members of the missing have also been on scene to assist with the search.
“We did assign some local law-enforcement to go out with the families,” Powers explained. “Family members from Alabama arrived yesterday and they were very intent on participating, which is understandable.”
At one point, multiple trucks pulled up to the command center, and several people were seen in tears.
“Nothing is confirmed right now, but that’s my family and we’re hurting,” a woman who identified herself as a family member said earlier in the day.
Powers said Hurricane Michael’s landfall on the east coast took a toll on resources, but she believed the emergency response effort would remain strong as the fourth day of the search continued.
Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the families or first responders affected by the flooding may contact the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce, Powers said.
“We will start out tomorrow, just like we did today and the day before, and continue to search for the remaining two persons,” she said.