Austin, TX Area Flood, Apr 1915



Other That of Negro Girl, Whose Mother Is Believed to Have Perished in Storm.

Special to The News.

Austin, Texas, April 28.----Not until this morning was the body of the woman found in the Colorado River near Garfield, eighteen miles below Austin, late yesterday afternoon, identified. It was that of Mrs. Lottie King, mother of Miss Ellen King, 17, a telephone operator, who also was a victim of Thursday night's storm and whose body was recovered the day after the storm near the mouth of Waller Creek. Mrs. King and her daughter lost their lives while attempting to escape from their home on East Seventh street. The funeral of Miss King was held yesterday afternoon, it having been delayed for several days by relatives with the hope that the mother would be found and buried at the same time with that of her daughter.

Another body, victim of the flood in Waller Creek, recovered near Garfield, was that of Minnie Norwood, aged 16, a colored woman, daughter of Ella Clark, who has been missing since the first night of the flood and who is believed to have been drowned and swept down the Colorado River.

Seventeen bodies have now been recovered, leaving fifteen missing. The search for the missing bodies which include that of young George Whittington, continues.

The Colorado River continues to fall here, and as the water recedes the accumulation of driftwood against the Austin dam increases. A vast field of drift is now lodged against the dam and dynamite is being used to loosen it up so that it may float through the spill gates. The stage at the dam late today was 52 feet.

A report was received at the Sheriff's office this afternoon that the body of a man was seen floating down the Colorado River near Delwar, five miles east of Austin. Efforts to recover the body were in vain. This body may prove to be that of George Whittington, the University student.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 29 Apr 1915