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Search Continues for Missing SMU Officer Caught In Flood Waters

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DALLAS -- The Fourth of July not only brought fireworks, but also intense thunder storms. So intense that a carport at the Promenade at Valley Ridge apartments in Irving collapsed, and if that wasn’t enough, boats on Lake Lewisville were damaged as well.

Luckily no reports of injuries at either of those locations, but the story at Turtle Creek was much different.

According to Dallas-Fire Rescue Tuesday morning around 1:30am, an off duty SMU police officer was working security at a construction site when rushing water started to over take the officers car. The Officer quickly called for help.

LT. Lance Koppa with Highland Park P.D. said, “The officer stated he needed assistance, that the water was coming over the front of his hood and that he felt his car moving.”

“We also received additional information via surveillance footage that the person in the car may have possibly got out of the car before it went over and into the creek and got washed away,” Jason Evans  with  Dallas Fire Rescue said during a press conference Tuesday.

Search teams are out on boats equipped with sonar to find any signs of the unidentified first responder.

“This point there is no reason to believe that there is going to be any different outcome, than the recovery of a deceased body unfortunately.” Evans said

His car was pulled out of the creek late Tuesday afternoon, and rescue crews say they`ll keep looking as long as it takes to find the officer.

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