Man swept away by floodwaters, found dead

The body of a man has been recovered from Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin about a half-hour after a man was reported to have been swept away from a flooded street.

Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services reported it was called shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday on a water rescue on flood-swollen Shoal Creek on the western edge of downtown Austin. A rescue helicopter was summoned to aid in the search for the missing person.

Austin police reported they may have spotted the victim floating eight blocks downstream. A short time later, about 1:30 p.m., the rescue helicopter crew reported spotting a motionless body in the lake about a mile downstream from the creek outlet.

About 1½ inches of rain was reported to have fallen on the lake within two hours around midday Wednesday.

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