Stranded drivers, power outages and lightning fires as floods wash over Texas
(SBG SAN ANTONIO) -- Storms triggered evacuations, high-water rescues and lightning fires as floods invaded the Texas San Antonio area Monday.
As of noon local time, the San Antonio Fire Department had responded to 269 requests for service, 22 high-water investigations, six water rescues and 13 fires (four of which were caused by lightning).
Here's a round-up of some of the wildest news reports from the last 24 hours:
The San Antonio Fire Department rescued a driver trapped on top of an SUV in raging water along Pinn Road early Monday morning.
The driver became stuck along a low-lying stretch of Pinn Road near Highway 151 at about 10:30 a.m. Firefighters extended ladders from two trucks, and also prepared at least one boat to put in the water.
At about 11:15 a.m., fire crews tied an extra step ladder onto the fully extended truck ladder and reached the driver as water rose against the SUV. The ladder extension was enough to reach the stranded driver and he was pulled to safety.
Severe weather has forced evacuations due to flooding in Leon Valley Monday morning.
According to the Leon Valley Fire Department Facebook page, heavy rains have led to a RED on the Floor Emergency Response Plan, which means that major flooding conditions are occurring. Residents in low-lying areas should evacuate.
Fire crews rushed to keep a massive house fire from spreading to other homes in a neighborhood in Alamo Ranch following intense storms on Monday morning.
While it was not yet confirmed, firefighters said the fire on Pioneer Path was possibly sparked by lightning.