Alyssa Ramirez, 18, was a homecoming queen who was killed coming home from the post-prom activities when raging flood waters swept her and her car away to her death. Alyssa’s car stalled in water covering a San Antonia roadway just a couple of miles from her home, so she driving in an area that she knew well. What she didn’t know was that she was headed into rushing flood waters.
According to Fox News Latino on May 26, Alyssa’s family said she did everything right when finding herself stranded in the middle of a flood ravaged road by first calling 911 and then calling her father for help. As soon as Alyssa called home her parents went to look for her, taking very little time to get to the area so close to their home, but it was already too late.
That water came fast and furious, carrying her vehicle away from where she had originally stalled when she made her calls for help. Alyssa and her car were gone and they couldn’t find her. She was missing until the next morning, when crews took to the area assessing the damage.
When the sun came up over the flood ravaged back roads of Texas, Alyssa’s vehicle was spotted not too far from where she was first stranded. Her car was spotted by crews out hunting for survivors. Sadly, Alyssa had passed.
According to NBC Local News, Alyssa is a young girl who had touched the lives of so many. She is missed by all who knew her today, which is reported from family and friends of the prom queen. One of Alyssa’s last social media posts may give some insight about the mindset of this young girl, who from all accounts was just terrific. This appeared in Alyssa’s obituary. They young girl wrote:
“Faith grows through hardship. Faith does not grow in a garden of property, but in a desert of tribulation. Even though it is never pleasant to experience hardship, it teaches us to persevere and to cling to God. He will never desert us.”
Alyssa sounds as if she was a hard working overachiever as she was a cheerleader, she played volley ball and tennis and she was the homecoming queen for Devine High School this year. A flagpole service was held at her high school this morning where one of her classmates said “she’ll be remembered for her vibrant smile.”
Alyssa’s death brings out one face and name to the victims of the horrendous storms that plowed through the center of the country from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes this weekend. Record amounts of rainfall were recorded in the Midwest and parts of the Plains.
Flooding in Texas caused major damage to 1,000 homes that were either washed away or heavily damaged in the swift flood waters. In Texas there were at least 2,000 residents evacuated from their homes due to the floods. Alyssa was one of four people who lost their lives in Texas from these storms over the past few days.