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State of Disaster: Texas Swamped with Flash Floods, Severe Storms

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(CNN) Raging flood waters in Central Texas have washed away homes and left many people trapped. Emergency crews have been hard at work trying to save people stranded.

First responders took to the air, the ground and the water to rescue two men trapped by the rising Blanco River.

One man was on top of his home, the other on top of his truck, after trying to cross the flooded road on his way to work.

"I tried to run over there and the cops told me they were going to arrest me if I went any further," Hannah Pullen said of her father's rescue.

68-year-old Danny Pullen's daughter watched and waited for two hours, unsure if she'd ever see her father again.

"I kept calling him over and over, and I was like, 'Are you okay? Are you okay?' And he was like, 'I don't know if I'm going to make it.' But, he was like, 'I love you.'"

A DPS helicopter circled Pullen's location for more than an hour.

"I was like, 'just hold on. please, don't leave. please, don't leave. I'm here for you. I'm here for you.' And he was just like, 'I don't know what to tell you. I'm sorry.'

He was close to losing hope when a black hawk chopper swooped in for the rescue.

You could see a crew member lowered into flooded highway 80 on the eastern edge of San Marcos. A minute and a half later, two people emerged and were hoisted back up to safety.

"I was happy after that happened. It was just very stressful."

Another stranded person was rescued minutes later by the same crew. A sigh of relief for two families after a trying morning.

What's more, rising flood waters have created lots of damage across the better part of the state.

So, on Sunday, Gov. Greg Abbott declared a state of disaster, and added another 24-counties to the list he initially named earlier this month, following the deadly tornadoes in North Texas.


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