TEMPLE - The Temple Fire Department worked four rescues -- including a major water rescue -- after serious flooding Tuesday morning.
A boat from Belton was dispatched to assist in a swift water rescue in the 3200 block of Riverside Trail, and a DPS helicopter was also called to the scene.
Bell County Sheriff's Department Spokesperson Major T.J. Cruz said a man was driving a Ford F-150, tried to cross flooded Riverside Trail and got swept away into the nearby creek that runs adjacent to the Leon River in Temple.
The man was found clinging onto a tree limb to keep from getting swept further downstream by the fast-moving water. The boat was able to reach and rescue him at 11:20 a.m. He was evaluated by emergency crews on shore, but he did not have any serious injuries, officials said.
First responders had not found the man's truck, as of 11:30 a.m. But, crews were still searching for it late Tuesday morning.
Emergency workers initially thought there might be a second victim, but that turned out to be untrue. A second person was found standing on the shore, but was not in harm's way when rescuers arrived.
Police and firefighters were also assisting three stranded motorists late Tuesday morning at the following locations: 9311 West Adams Ave near Cornerstone Automotive, 303 Northbound I-35, and one on Range Road.
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