Updated 8/19/2012 3:20 p.m: Lt. Jerome Henry of Dallas-Fire Rescue tells The Dallas Morning News the search resumed Sunday for a man swept away in Dallas’ White Rock Creek. Witnesses say the man was fishing when he lost his footing. The storms caused street flooding, stranded drivers and a partial roof cave-in at the Urban Inter Tribal Center of Texas.
DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Heavy rains may have claimed the life of a man, swept away by a swollen creek in east Dallas.
Witnesses say the unidentified man had been fishing on the creek near the 3700 block of Samuell, when he tried to cross it.
“We told him ‘Don’t go. Don’t cross. Don’t cross,” said Markeith Smith.
Smith says, as soon as the man went in, he disappeared, leaving just his fishing gear behind.
“He stepped down into the water. As he was stepping, I guess he was turning to get his poles. By the time he turned he was gone,” he said. “The water, like a big hand, just grabbed him and it just took him under.”
Dallas Fire Rescue searched for the creek more than a mile downstream, with no success.
They called off the search at dusk.
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