On a day that brought more warnings of severe weather in rain-soaked Texas, family members continued to search for loved ones who went missing in floods last weekend, and a recovery team discovered a body on the banks of the Blanco River in San Marcos. City officials said Thursday night that the body of the adult male was found amid flood debris, and was being sent for an autopsy to be identified.
The total death toll from storms and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma stood at 24 on Thursday evening, with 20 of the deaths in Texas alone, according to the Associated Press. At least 15 people remain missing in Texas, including eight people in Hays County, where San Marcos is located. The county sits between San Antonio and Austin.
Earlier on Thursday, search crews found the body of another unidentified man in Blanco County, which adjoins Hays County. The man was the second flood victim discovered in Blanco, and five people are considered missing in that county, KXAN reported.
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick visited the town of Wimberley, where the Blanco River swept away seven people from two families staying together in a vacation home. Patrick said rescue efforts would continue until all victims are accounted for. At the same time, NBC News reported, Patrick praised the actions of police and emergency responders for evacuating many vacationers quickly, and preventing more possible deaths.
"When you consider this wall of water that was coming -- the speed it was coming, late at night, after dark, [with] people who don't live here permanently and not aware of the danger they were in -- it's absolutely amazing that there was not more loss of life," Patrick said, according to the NBC report.