Tragedy struck a Texas homecoming prom queen, who died in heavy flooding that inundated parts of Texas over the holiday weekend. Eighteen-year-old Alyssa Ramirez had just been crowned her school’s homecoming queen on Saturday. She was driving home from San Antonio when her vehicle was overwhelmed by high floodwaters and was swept away. Her body was recovered the following day.
Writes the Washington Post: “At least six people died in Texas and Oklahoma as severe weather slammed the region over the long weekend. Friends and family said Alyssa Ramirez of Devine, Tex., was driving back from her school dance when her car became caught in flood waters.”
Speaking of her niece, Ramirez’s aunt said Alyssa used her phone to call 911, and then called her father, but it was too late. The fast-moving waters quickly overtook her car as she traveled down the rural Farm-to-Market road 2200, which was not barricaded or blocked off to traffic.
“She did the right things,” said aunt Roberta Ramirez. “She called 911. She called her father, but it was just too much and too quick.”
Alyssa Schmidt, one of Ramirez’s best friends, commented: “I don’t doubt for a second that she’s our guardian angel watching over us.”
Added Monica Taylor, one of Ramirez’s teachers: “She’s just a very sweet, beautiful soul, just radiant.”
Alyssa left her prom dance Saturday night and was only a few miles from her home when she reportedly attempted to drive through high waters. Her vehicle stalled, and then was pulled off the road and down a flooding creekbed. Her body was found a short distance from her car.
“They weren’t able to find her until this morning. When crews were out there, they were able to locate the vehicle, which wasn’t too far away,” said Alyssa’s mother Roberta.
The graduating senior was a member of Devine High School’s cheerleading squad, as well as a star athlete on the school’s tennis and volleyball teams.
Five individuals are reported dead in Texas from the storm surge. A dozen however are still missing.
Adds Fox News: “In the U.S., a line of storms that stretched from the Gulf of Mexico to the Great Lakes dumped record rainfall on parts of the Plains and Midwest, spawning tornadoes and causing major flooding that in Texas destroyed or damaged more than 1,000 homes and forced at least 2,000 residents to leave their homes.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott declared disaster areas in nearly 40 counties. “You cannot candy coat it. It’s absolutely massive,” the governor said this week after touring the hardest hit areas.