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Oct 31, 2013 9:06 AM

Chopper Hoists People In Texas High-Water Rescues

AUSTIN - Emergency personnel in helicopters and boats have rescued people stranded in vehicles and stuck in trees during storm-related flooding in Central Texas.

The Hays County Sheriff's Office had no immediate reports of injuries Thursday.

A spokesman for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services says a helicopter hoisted four people to safety. Warren Hassinger says the individuals were trapped in a rural area near Buda. He had no immediate additional details.

EMS boats were used for rescues in the Austin area. Austin Energy says about 6,400 customers lost electricity from storms since Wednesday night.

Evacuations were ordered along flooded creeks in nearby San Marcos and Wimberley. Schools in Wimberley, San Marcos and Lockhart closed Thursday.

Flash flooding warnings covered Travis, Falls, Comal, Hays, Freestone, Limestone, Anderson, Bastrop, Caldwell and Lee counties.

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