FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Fire Department said Monday morning they had located a car that was swept away in Friday’s flood waters.
The driver, Zenola Jenkins, 76, of Burleson was in that car when it was swept away.
Officials said divers made their way to the car late Monday morning and were able to locate Jenkins’ body inside.
Fort Worth Deputy Krystal Salazar was also swept away in flood waters while attempting to rescue Jenkins. She was later rescued and taken to JPS Hospital.
Officials said the car was located approximately one mile downstream from the bridge on Oak Grove Rd South where the vehicle was taken by the flood.
“We thought the car was caught underwater, maybe 100 yards at most,” said Kyle Clay with the Fort Worth Fire Department. “It moved much further than we thought. It’s just a testament to the strength of that water.”
High water and debris had kept divers from recovering the vehicle until Monday.
“The water conditions the way they were,” Clay continued, “It was just too difficult for us to get in the water, too dangerous for us to get in the water.”
Jenkins’ family declined an on-camera interview, but said she was a beloved grandmother who was driving home from work when she tried crossing the Deer Creek bridge on Oak Grove Road.
She worked at a Ross department store in Burleson for the past decade. Workers there said that she was recently promoted to store manager.
The deputy who tried to save Jenkins has requested her privacy. A spokesperson with the Sheriff’s Office said the deputy is still “very shaken” and recovering from “injuries she received from being swept away in rushing water.”
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