Two bodies found, two still missing along South Llano River

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UPDATE: Two of the missing people were found dead and two are still missing. 

ORIGINAL STORY: 

The clock is ticking to find the four people who are still missing after the Llano River flooded in Kimble County earlier this week.

Authorities said more than 100 people were involved in the search for the missing, believed to have been living in an RV park along the river. Their identities have not been made public, but officials said the group were pipeline workers in the Odessa area and were originally from Alabama.

“We are still in search and rescue mode,” Christi Powers with the Texas A&M Forest Service said.

Emergency crews from approximately eight local, state and federal agencies searched the riverbed for any indication of the missing people. The river has continued to recede, to the advantage of search and rescue teams.

“I know that there is some predicted rainfall for this weekend, but right now it’s sunny and so we have good visibility… when it comes to aerial, and then we also have more land to work with as the river has receded,” Powers explained.

JUNCTION, Texas — The Texas Parks and Wildlife helicopter was deployed again Thursday to search new areas from the sky and take a closer look at spots already searched. 

In the hours after the river swelled, first responders helped evacuate 45 people and rescue 19 more, officials said.

Family members of the missing were also on scene to assist with the search. At one point, multiple trucks pulled up to the command center, and several people were seen in tears.

“Nothing is confirmed right now, but that’s my family and we’re hurting,” a family member told this reporter.

Powers said Hurricane Michael’s landfall on the east coast took a toll on resources, but she believed the emergency response effort would remain strong as the fourth day of the search continued.

Anyone wishing to make monetary donations to the families or first responders affected by the flooding may contact the Kimble County Chamber of Commerce, Powers said.

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