Lenda Asberry And Children Killed In Texas Floods
A great-grandma and her four young great-grands are dead after being caught in the deadly floods in Texas.
A 64-year-old woman and her four great-grandchildren were killed early Saturday when floodwaters ripped through their neighborhood in Palestine, Texas.
The bodies of the five victims were found near one of the homes on their street in the early morning hours, according to the the Palestine Police Department.
City officials identified the victims as Lenda Asberry, 64, Venetia Asberry, 9, Devonte Asberry, 8, Von Anthony Johnson Jr., 7 and Jamonicka Johnson, 6. The children were her great-grandchildren, the Associated Press, NBC and CBS reported.
“The water was up to the roofline of the homes and that’s what prevented the people from being able to get away,” said Captain James Muniz. “The water just came up too fast.”
A sixth victim was located after an all-day search on Saturday. Giovani Olivas, 30, died after being swept into heavy flooding in Anderson County, Texas, near Palestine.
Palestine is located about 110 miles southeast of Dallas.
Nearly 8 inches of rain fell on the town in a 24-hour period, according to the National Weather Service.
A GoFundMe has since been started in honor of the fallen.
So, so sad. Stay safe Texas!