Woman, 4 grandchildren killed in Texas flooding

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Palestine, Texas (April 30, 2016)–A 64-year-old woman and her four grandchildren were found dead amid flooding in eastern Texas this morning.

The woman and her grandchildren — ages 6, 7, 8 and 9 — were found when officers responded to waist-deep flooding on a street in Palestine, Texas, about 150 miles north of Houston, police said.

Two of the children were found in the front yard of a home. The other two children and the woman were found behind some houses. They appeared to have been swept away by the fast-moving waters, police said.

The victims’ names were not released.

Six to eight other families who live on that street have been displaced, police said. Heavy downpour in Palestine began just after midnight Saturday.

The dangerous, severe weather is pounding much of the southern Plains today. Flash flood watches and warnings were in effect this morning from eastern Texas to western Tennessee.

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